Middlebury

Ski Team Finishes Second at St. Lawrence

January 19, 2008

The Middlebury College ski teams earned a second place finish at the St. Lawrence Carnival. Dartmouth won the event (587.5), followed by Middlebury (555), UVM (527.5) and UNH (459). Andrew Wagner led the Panthers with a win in the slalom.

The men's nordic team was impressive in the 10K freestyle race, placing three of the top six racers. First-year racer Patrick Johnson (Anchorage, Alaska) finished the race in second place, six seconds off the winning pace with a time of 24:32. Placing fifth in the event was junior Tim Reynolds (Bristol, Vt.) in 24:55, followed by junior Simeon Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.) in sixth (24:58). Johnson paced the team in the 20K classical, finishing ninth with a time of 55:27. Rookie Graham Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished the race in 16th place (56:11), followed by sophomore Mike Mommsen (St. Louis Park, Minn.) in 43rd (58:33).

On the women's side, first-year racer Alexa Turzian (Hailey Idaho) placed third in the 5K freestyle (13:58) and fourth in the 15K classical (41:47). Junior Cassidy Edwards (Glen Arbor, Mich.) placed sixth in the 5K (14:19), followed by sophomore Claire Luby (St. Paul, Minn.) in 12th (14:44). Rookie Sophie McClelland (Keene Valley, N.Y.) placed eighth (43:11), while sophomore Lauren Fritz (Chugiak, Alaska) came in 15th (44:09) to round out the scorers in the 15K race.

Senior Megan Hughes (Killington, Vt.) led the Middlebury women in the GS, placing third with a combined time of 2:07.03. Rookie Lindsay Kraft (Coldstream, B.C.) placed sixth in the race (2:07.56), followed by junior Mattie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) in eighth (2:08.34). Junior Tucker Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) was the top finisher in the slalom, placing sixth overall with a time of 1:31.86. Ford finished the race in eighth place (1:32.29), followed by senior Krissie Poehling (LaCrosse, Wis.) in 11th (1:32.54).

Junior Andrew Wagner (Traverse City, Mich.) may have turned in the top performance of the weekend, winning the slalom in 1:23.96, while placing third in the GS with a time of 2:02.30. Senior Joseph Swensson (Niantic, Conn.) placed seventh in the GS (2:02.95) and 10th in the slalom (1:26.50), while senior Brooks Heise (Higganum, Conn.) was Middlebury's third scorer in the GS, placing 20th in 2:04.94. First-year racer Jacob Lund (Hudson, Wis.) rounded out the team's scorers in the slalom, finishing 13th in 1:26.71.

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