Feb. 3, 2006
Catamounts in Second Place After Day One at Vermont Ski Carnival
STOWE, Vt. – Vermont sophomore Greg Hardy (Stratton, Vt.) won the men’s
slalom, to claim his third first place finish of the year, and
sophomore Jilyne McDonald (Bellevue, Wash.) won the women’s slalom in
day one of the Vermont Ski Carnival in Stowe, Vt. The Catamounts enter
tomorrow’s final day of racing in second place with 372 team points,
trailing first place Middlebury by just four points.
“Tough day all around because of the weather but we’re in good position
going into tomorrow,” Director of Skiing and head alpine coach Bill
Reichelt said. “We need to go for it on Saturday and ski like we can in
both alpine and Nordic and win our home carnival.”
Rain during most of the day made for difficult conditions at Hayride
but Hardy was unaffected winning the slalom for the second straight
week. Sophomore Zac Brown (Sun Valley, Idaho) had the next best day for
the men’s alpine team finishing 11th while sophomore Sam Beck (Norwich,
Vt.) finished 16th and senior Hunter Kaltsas (Stratton Mountain, Vt.)
In the women’s slalom McDonald had her best run of the season to take
first place. Senior tri-captain Jamie Kingsbury (Waitsfield, Vt.)
followed with a second place finish and has been in the top-three in
all five of her races so far this season. Senior Amy Cochran (Keene,
N.H.) finished sixth to pick up her fourth top-10 finish of the year.
Earlier in the day at Trapp Family Lodge in the women’s 5k classical
senior Anja Jokela (Shelburne, Vt.) led a group of three Catamounts
that finished in the top-10 with a second place finish. Sophomore
Carina Hamel (Southampton, Mass.) was seventh and freshman Marion
Solbjorg (Lillehammer, Norway) was ninth. Senior captain Kate Crawford
(Hawley, Mass.) finished 15th.
In the men’s 10K classical freshman Juergen Uhl (Muhlenbach, Germany)
led the way with a third place finish. Senior captain Anders Osthus
(Duluth, Minn.) finished fifth and senior assistant captain Ryan Foster
(Weston, Vt.) was 11th.
Competition resumes on Saturday with the women’s 3x5K freestyle relay
at 9:30am while the men’s 3x10K freestyle relay is scheduled for
10:45am. The men’s and women’s giant slalom is set to start at 9:30am.
NOTES … After a day of skiing or cheering on the Vermont Ski Team
tomorrow fans, friends and family are invited to Stoweflake for a
reception from 4:00-6:00pm. In addition, family-friendly activities
such as sleigh rides and ice skating (bring your own skates!) will take
place. Alpine coach Bill Reichelt, Nordic coach Alan Serrano and the
Vermont skiers will be on hand to join in the festivities. This event
is free of charge.
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
University of Vermont
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