Ski Teams Finish Third, Again

February 12, 2005

2/12/05 - Third place is becoming a common thing for the Panther alpine and nordic ski teams. Middlebury placed third for the fourth straight week, trailing <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Vermont and Dartmouth at the Big Green's carnival.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The women's alpine team had a big weekend with a first place finish in the GS and a second place finish in the slalom. The men were strong as well, winning the slalom, while placing fourth in the GS. In the women's GS race, first-year racer Megan Hughes (Killington, Vt.) won the even with a time of 2:09.04. Only .25 seconds behind her in second place was sophomore Lindsay Brush (Charlotte, Vt.), followed by senior Jessica Smith (Rockport, Maine) in sixth (2:09.79). Although she didn't score, rookie Kelly Brush (Charlotte, Vt.) turned in an impressive eighth place finish (2:10.91). Hughes paced the team in the slalom as well, with a fourth place finish in 1:42.23. Placing sixth was Smith (1:43.18), followed by first-year racer Krissy Poehling (LaCrosse, Wis.) in 14th place (1:45.53).

Senior John Rusten (Federal Way, Wash.) led the men in the GS race, placing sixth overall in 2:02.30. First-year racer Joseph Swensson (Niantic, Conn.) came in 11th in the race (2:03.02), while classmate Clayton Reed (Stowe, Vt.) came in 16th (2:03.49). Reed paced the team in the slalom, placing fifth with a time of 1:36.89. Just behind him was sophomore Andrew Everett (Andover, Mass.) in sixth (1:37.23), followed by Rusten in eighth (1:37.57).

Sophomore Evelyn Dong (Wayland, Mass.) led the women's nordic team in the 5K classical race with an 11th place finish in 20:26. Placing 18th was senior Tyne Pike-Sprenger (W. Junior Garrott Kuzzy (Minneapolis, Minn.) led the men with a ninth place (34:43) finish in the 10K classical race. Finishing 12th was sophomore Beau Baldock (Jackson, Wyo.) with a time of 35:16, followed by senior Bryce Roche (Bozeman, Mont.) in 21st (37:05).

In the 3x4 mixed relay, Middlebury's top team, comprised of Baldock, Kuzzy, Jorvig and Dong, placed fourth overall in 1:11.54. Finishing 13th with a time of 1:16.27 were sophomore Dan Skold (Worthington, Mass.), junior Jake Whitcomb (Worthington, Mass.), sophomore Erin Pittenger (McCall, Idaho) and junior Taylor Leach (Old Forge, N.Y.) .