Middlebury

Panther Men Win Slalom Title, Boast Two All-Americans

March 8, 2013

Middlebury posted the best team score in the men’s slalom at the NCAA Skiing Championships for the second straight year, seeing a pair of skiers finish in All-America positions Friday at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. David Donaldson led the way for the Panthers, placing second in a two-run time of 1:39.24 to claim first-team All-America honors. Donaldson, the first-run leader, came in just 28 hundredths of a second behind winner Joonas Rasanen of New Mexico.

Donaldson improved on a 21st-place finish in Wednesday’s giant slalom to cap a senior season that saw him win six races and lead the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association (EISA) giant slalom standings.

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Middlebury junior Hig Roberts shined in the second run to place sixth in 1:40.13, earning All-American recognition for the second straight year. He landed on the second team this winter after picking up first-team honors with a fifth-place showing in 2012 championships in Bozeman, Mont.

The duo's showing gives Middlebury three alpine All-Americans this winter. Mary Sackbauer, who was ninth in Wednesday's women's giant slalom, completed her season with a 19th-place showing Friday in the slalom in 1:41.33.

The third Middlebury men's skier, senior Andrew McNealus of Woodstock, slipped in the second run and settled for 21st place in 1:42.22.

The NCAA Championships wrap up Saturday with the Nordic mass start freestyle races at Rikert Nordic Center. Racing starts at 10 a.m.

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