Nordic men's skier Bailey has big weekend

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 15, 2007
RUMFORD, Maine – Colby College’s Fred Bailey (Andover, Maine) got the Nordic ski season off to a blazing start even though the official Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) does not begin until this weekend.

Racing at the TD Banknorth/Chummy Broomhall Eastern Cup on the Black Mountain course in Rumford, Bailey finished in second place in the men’s 9.5-kilometer freestyle on Sunday and was fourth overall in the men’s 9.5-kilometer classical race on Saturday. Bailey had a time of 23 minutes, 35.0 seconds in the freestyle race to make the podium, while he posted a 23:27.3 in the classical.

“We definitely surprised the skiing world with our results this past weekend, but we are proving that dedication and hard work eventually pays off,” Colby ninth-year head coach Tracey Cote said. “Fred’s results are clearly the most spectacular we have had since my time at Colby. We are really looking forward to starting the college season next weekend.”

Dartmouth College’s Michael Sinnott, an NCAA All-American last year, won both races. Bailey was going up against the largest and most competitive field in the history of the Eastern Cup race and all the Eastern colleges with Nordic skiing were present. The classical race on Saturday had a field of 198.

Bailey helped Colby place second in the team standings for the Chummy Broomhall Cup, awarded to the team from Maine with the most points. Maine Governor John Baldacci announced back in November that this would be the first annual Maine Collegiate Nordic Ski Championships and would be called the Chummy Broomhall Cup. Bates won the team title with 185 points and Colby took second out of the six teams with 171 points.

The Colby men also received a finish of 19th from Nick Kline (South Portland, Maine) in 24:21.4 in the freestyle race. Sam Mathes (Rome, Maine) was 24th in 24:29.6, Matt Briggs (Concord, Mass.) took 28th in 24:31.9 and Austin Ross (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was 30th in 24:33.5.

In Saturday’s men’s classical race, John Swain (St. Paul, Minn.) was 23rd in 24:44.5 and Briggs took 28th in 24:51.4. On the women’s side, Kathleen Maynard (Jackson, N.H.) was 16th in the 9.5-kilometer freestyle race in 29:13.3. Amanda Ivey (Oxford, Maine) placed 38th in 30:05.9.

Colby graduate Alexandra Jospe placed 26th in the women’s 4.6-kilometer classic in 14:15.6, while Ivey took 42nd place in 14:35.6.

The Colby Nordic ski teams open the EISA season this Friday and Saturday at the Saint Michael’s Carnival.

Men’s 9.5-kilometer freestyle (Colby results)

2. Fred Bailey, 23:25.0; 19. Nick Kline, 24:21.4; 24. Sam Mathes, 24:29.6; 28. Matt Briggs, 24:31.9; 30. Austin Ross, 24:33.5; 57. John Swain, 25:10.9; 71. Silas Gill, 25:31.6; 99. Michael Collins, 26:08.9; 103. Brett Guenther, 26:15.4; 154. Andrew Herstein, 28:32.0; 172. William Tyson, 29:38.4

Men’s 9.5-kilometer classical

4. Fred Bailey, 23:27.3; 23. John Swain, 24:44.5; 28. Matt Briggs, 24:51.4; 37. Silas Gill, 25:09.4; 41. Austin Ross, 25:14.8; 51. Nick Kline, 25:33.9; 71. Sam Mathes, 26:13.20; 145. William Tyson, 29:33.2; 158. Andrew Herstein, 30:25.5

Women’s 9.5-kilometer freestyle

16. Kathleen Maynard, 29:13.3; 38. Amanda Ivey, 30:05.9; 69. Jennie Brentrup, 31:25.60;  80. Linnea Rooke, 31:47.8; 93. Rose Long, 32:34.4; Note: Colby graduate Alex Jospe was 31st in 29:51.80

Women’s 9.5-kilometer classical

Note: Colby graduate Alex Jospe was 26th in 14:15.6; 42. Amanda Ivey, 14:35.6; 66. Kathleen Maynard, 14:58.2; 89. Rose Long, 15:32.50; 90. Jennie Brentrup, 15:32.80; 106. Linnea Rooke, 16:03.3

Broomhall Cup results

1. Bates 185 points; 2. Colby 171; 3. Bowdoin 132; 4. Maine-Presque Isle 105; 5. University of Maine 48; 6. Maine-Fort Kent 11

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