Feb. 24, 2006
Vermont Ski Team in Second Place After First Day of EISA Championships
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. Ė Vermont sophomore Greg Hardy (Stratton, Vt.) won the
giant slalom to claim his sixth first place finish of the season and
three members of the womenís alpine team ranked in the top-four of the
GS to put the Catamounts in second place after day one of the EISA
Championships at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. Middlebury ended the day in
first place with 447 team points, less than four points ahead of
Vermontís 443.5 points.
ďAs an overall team we got away with an okay effort today,Ē Director of
Skiing and head alpine coach Bill Reichelt said. ďOur menís alpine team
really stepped up and our womenís alpine team was steady as usual but
we struggled in the Nordic. The good news is we are only three and a
half points down and mentally that should give us confidence for
Because of the conditions the menís slalom was moved back a day and
Hardy cruised to a win in the GS finishing more than one second ahead
of the second best finisher. Sophomore Zac Brown (Sun Valley, Idaho)
continued to emerge with one of his best races of the season to grab a
third place and senior Paul Epstein (Carlisle, Mass.) finished seventh.
Freshman Ethan Korpi (South Londonderry, Vt.) finished 11th and senior
Hunter Kaltsas (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) followed him in 12th place.
In the womenís giant slalom Vermont took three of the top four spots
led by senior Amy Cochran (Keene, N.H.) who had her best race of the
season finishing in second place. Sophomore Jilyne McDonald (Bellevue,
Wash.) took third in the GS and senior Jamie Kingsbury (Waitsfield,
Vt.) was fourth.
In the Nordic events at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury,
Common, Vt., senior captain Kate Crawford (Hawley, Mass.) was the top
Vermont finisher taking sixth place in the womenís 15k freestyle.
Junior Emilia DeMarchis (Burlington, Vt.) finished in eighth place in
the 15k freestyle and senior Anja Jokela (Shelburne, Vt.) was 14th.
The Catamounts had four top-20 finishers in the menís 20k freestyle
with senior Anders Osthus (Duluth, Minn.) ranking highest taking
seventh place. Freshman Chris Ziegler (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) finished
in 11th place posting his best finish of the season. Freshman Anders
Folleras (Lillehammer, Norway) followed up with an 18th place finish
and freshman Juergen Uhl (Muhlenbach, Germany) was one spot behind him
in 19th place.
Vermont tries to claim its second straight EISA Championship on
Saturday with the womenís slalom first run set to begin at 9:30am and
the menís slalom to follow. Second runs of the slalom are scheduled to
start at 12:30pm. Saturdayís Nordic events start with the menís 10k
classical at 10:00am and the womenís 5k classical follows at 11:15am.
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
University of Vermont
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