Friday, March 07, 2008

XC Skiing Continues to Place Well

I just received this from the team's PR guy:
For immediate release
March 7, 2008

DARTMOUTH WOMEN DOMINATE CROSS COUNTRY; BIG GREEN MOVES TO FOURTH PLACE

BOZEMAN, MT – With all three women finishing in the top 10 of
Friday's cross country race, the Big Green of Dartmouth have moved up
to fourth place in the team standings at the NCAA Men's and Women's
Skiing Championships.

Senior Elsa Sargent (Orleans, VT) posted her best-ever NCAA finish,
taking fourth place in the 15-kilometer classical race at Bohart
Ranch. Sargent was followed by classmate Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT)
in sixth place and freshman Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT) in seventh.
Colorado's Maria Grevsgaard won her second race of the championships,
taking the classical race in 55:04.6. New Mexico's Polina Ermoshina
was second; Denver's Antje Maempel was third.

In the men's 20-kilometer classical race, Big Green junior Glenn
Randall, who won the men's freestyle race Wednesday, finished 11th.
Sophomore Patrick O'Brien finished 32nd and freshman Nils Koons was
35th. Alaska-Fairbanks' Marius Korthauer, the runner up behind
Randall in the freestyle, won Friday's classical in 1:03:07.6.
Colorado's Kit Richmond was second, followed by Vermont's Juergen Uhl.

With their top-10 finishes, Sargent, Dunklee, and Brennan all earned
All America honors. "The women skied really well," said Big Green
head coach Cami Thompson. "The guys would like to have skied better,
but this was a very good day for us."

Colorado, which led the standings after the first day of competition
but fell behind Denver after Thursday's giant slalom, regained the
team lead Friday with 483 points. Denver stands in second place with
465.5, and Utah is third with 429. On the strength of Friday's
performances in cross country, the Big Green moves up to fourth place
with 412.

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