Colby skiers head to Montana for NCAA meet

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 6, 2012
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Jim Ryan

BOZEMAN, Mont. --- Colby College Nordic skier Jake Barton (Morrisville, Vt.) will start the NCAA Skiing Championships on Wednesday and the Mules will have three alpine skiers in action Thursday during the four-day event in Montana.
Barton will compete in the 10-kilometer freestyle race at 1:00 p.m. (EST) Wednesday. All four days of the national meet will be Webcast at

The alpine skiers compete in the giant slalom on Thursday, with Natalie Biedermann (Shelburne, Vt.) and Cassady Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) in action at 11:30 a.m. The women will have both runs before the men's competition starts at 3 p.m. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brian Morgan (Haverhill, Mass.) will not be competing at the NCAA meet. As the first alternate for all of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, Jim Ryan (Mendon, Vt.) has been activated and will represent Colby.
Barton will be back in action Friday in the 20-kilometer classical mass start at 11 a.m. (EST), while the meet finishes on Saturday with the slalom runs for the alpine skiers. The first women's run is at 11:30 a.m, the men's first trip is at 12:30 p.m., the women go on their second run at 1:45 p.m., and the men finish up at 3 p.m.
Barton will compete at Bohart Ranch, while the three alpine skiers compete at Bridger Bowl. Montana State University is the host school for the NCAA meet.
Barton has been Colby's top Nordic skier during the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season. He has earned six top-15 performances in 11 races. Barton finished 26th in the 20-kilometer mass start and 38th in the 10K freestyle technique at last year's national meet.
Biedermann has had major improvement during her time at Colby and had four top-15 finishes this season. She had the best finish of any Colby skier this season with a fourth in the slalom at the Bates College event at Sunday River. Biedermann also had the highest finish for a alpine skier in the giant slalom, with an eighth-place finish at the University of Vermont meet at Stowe.
Roberts, the lone captain for the women's team, also had four top-15 finishes this season. She had a ninth in the giant slalom at the University of New Hampshire event and had two top-10 finishes in the slalom.
Ryan, a sophomore, is back in the NCAA meet for the second straight year. He had the best finishes for Colby last year at the national meet, taking 16th in the slalom and 18th in the giant slalom. Ryan had four top-20 finishes in the slalom this year and two in the giant slalom, including an eighth at the University of New Hampshire event.

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