Middlebury

SKI TEAM EARNS THIRD PLACE FINISH

February 11, 2013

With a blizzard bearing down on much of the East Coast this weekend, EISA officials, coaches, athletes, and volunteers alike faced numerous challenges to complete all events of the Dartmouth Carnival. After the postponement of only the alpine slalom races, the day one points were doubled to produce final results. UVM won the event with 713 points, followed by Dartmouth (675) and Middlebury (565).

On day one, junior David Donaldson (Toronto, Ont.) picked up another win for the men’s alpine squad, capturing the GS with a time of 1:59.66. Senior Andrew McNealus (Woodstock, Vt.)  finished the event in third place (2:01.07), while senior Bryan Shpall (Englewood, Colo.) (2:03.18) was 15th. The women’s team placed three skiers in the top 10 of the GS race. Sophomore Mary Sackbauer (Vail, Colo.) paced the group in fifth place (2:07.14), sophomore Yina Moe-Lange (Sammamish, Wash.) was ninth (2:09.11), followed by sophomore Kara Shaw (Hanover, N.H.) in 10th place (2:09.47).

Sophomore Annie Pokorny (Spokane, Wash.) had another solid race for the Panther women’s nordic squad, placing second overall in the 5K classic race in 17:01. Senior Hilary Rich (Andover, Mass.) was next for Middlebury in 22nd place (18:21), followed by senior Keely Levins (Rutland, Vt.), who came in 24th overall (18:23).

The men’s 10K classic race saw junior Ben Lustgarten (Burlington, Vt.) lead the squad with a seventh place finish in 21:07. Junior Austin Cobb (Peru, Vt.) placed 25th overall (32:19) in the race, followed by sophomore Dylan McGarthwaite (Hayward, Wis.) in 28th (32:33).

Relay events were on tap for the nordic squads on day two, with the Panther women claiming a fourth place finish. Rich, first-year racer Kelsey Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) and Pokorny comprised the 3x5 group, finishing with a time of 50:46. The men’s team of  Cobb, McGarthwaite and Lustgarten earned a fifth place finish with a time of 44:11.

• Ski team third at Dartmouth

• Up next: 2/15-16 – Host Middlebury Carnival