Kernan, men win slalom at Williams event

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 20, 2010
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Josh Kernan (courtesy of Lincoln Benedict)

HANCOCK, Mass. --- Josh Kernan won the slalom title at the Williams College Ski Carnival and helped the Colby College men's alpine team dominate the event with a score of 122 to win for the third time in five ski carnivals on Saturday at Jiminy Peak.

The Mules had never won an event before this season and now have three slalom wins in five weeks.

Kernan skied away the winner and got support from teammates Vincent Lebrun-Fortin and Brian Morgan. Kernan finished with a two-run total time of 1:28.58 with a 44.23 and a 44.35. Lebrun-Fortin was third for the Mules in 1:29.17 with runs of 44.31 and 44.86, while Morgan came up big by taking 12th in 1:29.63.

"The day for the men was tremendous," Colby head coach Danny Noyes said. "We were set up well after the first run with Josh in second, Vince in third, Marc Massie in 10th, and Brian in 16th.Having four guys in position to score for the team allows each of them to attack the second run and see what they can do.They are a competitive group, and I know they want to perform for themselves and for the team.

The three top-12 finishes helped the Mules accumulate 122 points and beat second place Middlebury College by 21 points. The men and women from Colby combined to have the most points on the day at 209 (men 122, women 87) to easily defeat New Hampshire and Vermont at 201 apiece.

The Colby women also fared well as Dana Breakstone placed fifth overall in the slalom with a two-run total time of 1:33.07. Maddie Strachota took 16th place and Cassady Roberts finished 18th for Colby, which finished fifth in the women's event.

"Dana had an amazing day.She was 20th after first run and had the second fastest time on the second run, moving her up to fifth (combined times)," Noyes said. "She is capable of doing that on any given day, and the more she gains confidence, the more we will be seeing her in the top 10. Maddie and Cassady had great days as well -- Maddie 10th fastest time on the second run and Cassady 6th fastest time on the second run." 

Men's slalom team scores: 1. Colby 122, 2. Middlebury 101, 3. New Hampshire 99, 4. Vermont 96, 5. Dartmouth 87, 6. Bates 69.5, 7. Williams 65, 8. Saint Michael's 54.5, 9. Harvard 44, 10. St. Lawrence 39

Colby men's slalom results: 1. Josh Kernan, 1:28.58 (44.23, 44.35); 3. Vincent Lebrun-Fortin, 1:29.17 (44.31, 44.86); 12. Brian Morgan, 1:29.63 (45.00, 44.63); 34. Justin Sperry, 1:36.30 (48.34, 47.96)

Women's slalom team scores: 1. Dartmouth 106, 2. Vermont 105, 3. New Hampshire 102, 4. Williams 92, 5. Colby 87, 6. Middlebury 80, 7. St. Lawrence 68, 8. Harvard 51, 9. Bates 44, 10. Saint Michael's 42

Colby women's slalom results: 5. Dana Breakstone, 1:33.07 (47.29, 45.78); 16. Maddie Strachota, 1:33.69 (47.11, 46.58); 18. Cassady Roberts, 1:33.77 (47.53, 46.24); 25. Natalie Biedermann, 1:37.11 (48.16, 48.95); 36. Katie Houser, 1:38.91 (48.97, 49.94); 38. Makayla Brown, 1:41.10 (50.87, 50.23);


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