Five members of the Middlebury College ski team were honored when the EISA (Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association) announced its post-season awards. The group helped lead the Panthers to a third-place finish at the EISA Championships hosted this past weekend by Middlebury. The Panthers return to action from March 5-8 at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Utah.
Senior Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was a first-team All-East selection, while Christopher McKenna (W. Hartford, Vt.) was a second-team member while being named the EISA Men's Alpine Rookie of the Year. Earning second-team honors for the women was junior Yina-Moe-Lang (Sammamish, Wash.)
Roberts got off to a slow start this season with three DNF's before coming on strong. He finished in the top five in eight of nine races, placing eighth in the other. He enjoyed three victories in the final three giant slalom races of the season, earning victories at Dartmouth, Williams and his home mountain. He earned third-place finishes in both the slalom and GS at UNH this season, placing third in the slalom at UVM. Roberts is now a four-team All-East selection, earning All-American honors in each of the last two seasons.
McKenna earned four top-five and seven top-10 finishes during the '14 carnival season. The rookie earned a season-best third-place finish in the GS at Colby, while placing fifth in the same event at both UVM and Williams.
Moe-Lange finished the carnival circuit with six top-10 finishes. Her season-best finish came at UNH, where she placed second in the slalom. She opened the year with a fourth-place effort in the GS at UVM, placing seventh in the slalom at Colby.
On the nordic side, senior Ben Lustgarten (Burlington, Vt.) earned first-team All-East honors for the third time. An All-American a year ago Lustgarten picked up a win in the 10K classic race this season at the Middlebury Carnival. He opened the season by placing second in the 10K classic and third in the 15K free race at Colby. Lustgarten missed three carnivals while competing at the U23 World Championships before returning last weekend to Middlebury.
Junior Heather Mooney (Peru, Vt.) was a second-team All-East selection for the women. Eight top-10 finishes were on Mooney's resume in '14, including a season-best fifth place effort in the 10K free at Colby. She also earned a pair of sixth-place finishes in 5K races at Dartmouth and Williams.
The United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association Wednesday announced the 2014 National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team, which consists of 255 skiers from 30 schools.
The honor is awarded to those skiers who participation in the three skiing conferences nationally which qualify its skiers to the NCAA Championships each season. Honorees must compete in an NCAA Regional competition, and maintain a cumulative 3.5 grade point average in the classroom. All skiers from their respective regions are automatically eligible to compete in an NCAA Regional competition.
The following were Middlebury's honorees: