Kline, Bailey make NCAA's for men's Nordic

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 24, 2007
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. --- Nick Kline and Matt Briggs both had top 10 performances in leading the Colby College men's Nordic ski team to a third-place finish in the 20-kilometer classic race at the Eastern Championships on Saturday.

Kline and Fred Bailey each earned spots in the NCAA Skiing Championships for the men's Nordic team. Briggs is a second alternate. Bailey also earned second team All-East honors. The NCAA meet will take place March 7-11 in New Hampshire.

Kline finished in seventh place with a time of 59:21.4 and Briggs was right behind him in eighth place at 59:53.1. Silas Gill was 19th with a 1:01:06.7, Austin Ross placed 20th in 1:01:26.1, Fred Bailey took 24th in 1:02:04.7 and John Swain was 29th in 1:02:44.3 as the Mules accumulated 101 points. Bailey was in an early crash and had a broken ski.

In women's Nordic racing, Kathleen Maynard placed 12th in 56:12.0 and Amanda Ivey was 24th with a 57:43.4 in the 15-kilometer classic event. The Colby women took sixth out of 11 teams.

Laura Littman was 13th with a two-run total time of 2:08.63 in the giant slalom for the Colby women's alpine team. Ashley Best took 28th in 2:12.16 and Dana Breakstone finished 35th with a 2:13.81 as the Mules placed seventh.

In the men's giant slalom, Sam Witherspoon was 19th in 2:03.48, Corey Linton took 24th in 2:03.82 and Joshua Kernan took 28th in 2:04.14. The Colby men's alpine team finished in sixth place.


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