Three skiers qualify for NCAAs
The Colby alpine ski team closed out its season this weekend with a two-day race series at Middlebury College. Consistent individual results in both the slalom and giant slalom maintained the Mules’ seventh-place position out of the 16 teams in the division. The University of Vermont (UVM), Dartmouth College and Middlebury were first, second and third; Bates College came in eighth place; and Bowdoin College was 11th overall.
The hill at Middlebury—known for its challenging terrain—caused many racers trouble during the giant slalom race. Despite the challenging conditions, the men finished in sixth place for the day. Brian Morgan ’12 had the best finish, coming in 19th, with a total time of 2:02.00. He was less than four seconds off the time of winner Kevin Drury from UVM and one second faster than teammate Craig Marshall ’15, who finished in 25th.
The women’s team had a harder time in the giant slalom, and only one racer, captain Cassady Roberts ’13, finished in the top 30. Roberts was 27th with a combined time of 2:09.44. Kate Ryley, another UVM competitor, had the winning time of 2:04.86.
The slalom race saw better results for both Colby teams— the men were fifth place overall and the women placed eighth. Morgan again had the best finish, this time snagging 11th place (1:35.41), three seconds behind the winning time of the day (1:32.46). Marshall also had a better individual result, placing 18th (1:37.42). Marc Massie ’13 and Jim Ryan ’14 were top-30 finishers as well, with 19th- and 24th-place finishes, respectively. In the women’s race, Roberts’ time of 1:41.02 put her in 13th place overall. Less than a second behind her, Natalie Biedermann ’12 was 17th (1:41.99); UVM’s Ryley won for the second day in a row (1:37.51).
Although the Carnival season has come to a close for the majority of the alpine team, Roberts, Morgan and Biedermann all individually qualified for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Skiing Championships. They will be traveling to Bozeman, Mont. next week to compete in the race series.