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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 11, 2008
RUMFORD, Maine --- The Colby College men's Nordic team won the school's first-ever ski carnival race in Nordic skiing by placing first in the 10-kilometer freestyle technique at the Bates College Winter Carnival on Friday at Black Mountain.
In the opening ski race of the season, the Colby men had four skiers in the top 10 to accumulate 89 points. Dartmouth College took second place with 82 points and Middlebury College was a distant third in the 11-team field with 69 points. The last Colby victory in a ski carnival race was the women's alpine team in the slalom in 2004.
"I told the guys last night that we have a great team and it's really a credit to all 12 skiers on the team," said head coach Tracey Cote, the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Co-Coach of the Year last year. "All of them deserve praise because you don't get better on a bad team. All of these guys work really hard and push each other."
First-year skier Wyatt Fereday (Boise, Idaho) finished in third place with a time of 23 minutes, 6.8 seconds to lead the Mules.
"I'm not surprised with Wyatt's finish because I feel on any given day that I have six or seven guys that could of finished in that spot," Cote said. "But it's great for Wyatt to take third place in his first collegiate ski race."
Matt Briggs (Concord, Mass.) took fourth place in 23:12.6, Sam Mathes (Rome, Maine) was sixth with a 23:28.0, and Silas Gill (Jackson, N.H.) placed seventh in 23:29.1. Nick Kline (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), who made the NCAA meet last year, fell twice during Friday's race and still managed to take 15th place in 23:56.5. Kline was tied for fifth at the time of his first fall. The Mules also received a 24th-place finish from John Swain (St. Paul, Minn.).
The Colby women took eighth place out of 11 teams with 34 points. Kathleen Maynard (Jackson, N.H.) placed 21st in the 5K race with a time of 14:05.2.
The alpine skiing at Sunday River was not run on Friday with hopes of better skiing weather for Saturday and Sunday. The slalom will take place Saturday and the giant slalom Sunday. Nordic skiing resumes with the 10K classic event at 9 a.m. Saturday at Black Mountain.
Men's 10K freestyle team scores: 1. Colby 89; 2. Dartmouth 82; 3. Middlebury 69; 4. Bowdoin 62; 5. Vermont 58; 6. Bates 57; 7. New Hampshire 55; 8. Williams 35; 9. St. Lawrence 32; 10. Harvard 16. 11. Saint Michael's 2
Women's 5K freestyle team scores: 1. Dartmouth 94; 2. Middlebury 81; 3. New Hampshire 78; 4. Vermont 62; 5. Williams 55; 6. Bates 54; 7. St. Lawrence 48; 8. Colby 34; 9. Harvard 33; 10. Bowdoin 14; 11. Saint Michael's 7
Colby's men's finishers: 3. Wyatt Fereday, 23:06.8; 4. Matt Briggs, 23:12.6; 6. Sam Mathes 23:28.0; 7. Silas Gill, 23:29.1; 15. Nick Kline, 23:56.5; 24. John Swain, 24:10.1; 43. Peter Rummel, 24:42.1; 53 (tie) Austin Ross and Michael Collins, 24:57.8; 87. Ben Haydock, 27:46.7; 91. Will Tyson, 29:08.6
Colby's women's finishers: 21. Kathleen Maynard, 14:05.2; 46. Jennie Brentrup, 14:54.3; 61. Meghan Cornwall, 15:19.8; 67. Linnea Rooke, 15:43.2; 81. Abby Finkel, 16:53.9