Four skiers head to NCAA meet

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 6, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine -­- The Colby College men's Nordic team and men's alpine team will each have two participants competing when the NCAA Skiing Championships begin on Wednesday in New Hampshire.

Senior skier Fred Bailey (Telstar Regional/Andover, Maine) and junior Nick Kline (Cape Elizabeth/Cape Elizabeth, Maine) will be skiing for the Nordic team starting with the 10-kilometer freestyle event at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The pair also will go in the 15-kilometer classical at 11 a.m. Friday at the Jackson Cross Country Center.

Jody Centauro (Green Mountain Valley School/Beaconsfield, Quebec) and Josh Kernan (Mount Washington Valley/Shelburne, N.H.) will ski for the men's alpine team at Attitash Bear Peak. The giant slalom will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and the slalom will start at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Bailey and Kline helped the Mules to one of their best seasons in many years. Bailey had top 10 finishes in three races during the ski carnival season, including a seventh in a 20-kilometer race at Vermont. Kline finished in seventh place in the 20-kilometer classic event at the Eastern Championships and took an eighth behind Bailey in the Vermont 20K race.

Bailey earned All-East second team honors for his efforts this season. Matt Briggs also had a fine season for the Nordic team and is an alternate for the NCAA meet.

Centauro, a junior, heads back to the NCAA meet for the second time after placing 16th in the slalom at last year’s national meet in Colorado. Centauro had an eighth in the slalom at the Williams meet this year and was ninth in the giant slalom at Vermont. Meanwhile, Kernan had a steady first year with Colby and was 11th in the slalom at Williams and 14th in the slalom at the Eastern meet at Middlebury.

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