Kernan earns All-America honors

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 12, 2009
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Josh Kernan

BETHEL, Maine --- Colby College junior men’s alpine skier Josh Kernan (Shelburne, N.H.) is an All-American after placing seventh in the giant slalom at the NCAA Skiing Championships on Thursday at Sunday River.

Kernan earned second team honors for being in places six to 10. The finish was arguably his best of the season after placing 12th this year in carnival races in the giant slalom among Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) skiers. Kernan, who was seeded 25th heading into the race, was going up against the best EISA skiers and was facing other competitors from schools across the country.

Kernan had a two-run total time of 2 minutes, 34.10 seconds with runs of 1:20.52 and 1:13.58. The second run was the fifth-best of the day. Kernan, who is skiing in the NCAA meet for the third straight year, was fifth among EISA skiers in the slalom during the ski carnival season.

Vincent Lebrun-Fortin (Montreal, Quebec.) placed 26th in the men’s giant slalom with a time of 2:38.41 after coming in as the 35th seed. An All-American last year in the giant slalom, he had runs of 1:22.45 and 1:15.96. Lebrun-Fortin was sixth among slalom skiers in the EISA season and also earned All-America honors in the event last year.

The Colby men placed ninth out of 14 teams in the giant slalom, with most squads having full teams of three skiers.

For the Colby women, Emily Colin (Santa Fe, N.M.) took 27th place with a total time of 2:42.65. She had runs of 1:19.63 and 1:23.02. Colin entered the day as the 27th seed.

Slalom racing is scheduled for Friday, with the men's first run at 9:30 a.m. and the women at 10:15 a.m.

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