Success Out West for Nordic and Alpine Skiers

 

Photography by Kristopher Dobie '06
 

Nick Kline ’08
Nordic skier Nick Kline ’08 helped Colby to a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Division I championships in Montana. Photo by Kristopher Dobie ’06.
Vincent Lebrun-Fortin ’11 earned All-America honors in slalom and giant slalom at the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships in Bozeman, Mont. in early March. He placed fifth in the slalom event, good for first-team All-America honors, and seventh in GS for second-team laurels.

The men’s Nordic team placed sixth in the nation in the 10K freestyle, best among eastern schools at the national meet. They had already won the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association championship in the freestyle event.

Lebrun-Fortin, a first-year skier from Montreal, and Josh Kernan ’10, from Shelburne, N.H., who took 14th, gave Colby fifth in the nation in slalom despite having only two skiers competing against teams of three from other schools.

In women’s alpine skiing, Colby’s Dana Breakstone ’10 placed 29th in the women’s slalom.

The Nordic men’s team had three skiers in the top 21 in the 10K freestyle race, a discipline that they dominated in Eastern competition. Colby skiers took sixth place in the team results for that race, despite competing against many skiers from western schools who come from Europe and may be members of their national teams.

It was the first year that Colby sent a full Nordic team to nationals. Silas Gill ’09 finished 18th, Nick Kline ’08 19th, and Wyatt Fereday ’11 21st. “It’s very rare you can get a freshman who not only can score but also qualify for the NCAAs,” Colby Nordic coach Tracey Cote told the Morning Sentinel in a story about the success of the young squad. Cote was named Eastern Coach of the Year for the second straight year. Gill finished in 24th place in the 20-kilometer classical event, helping Colby to a 12th-place team finish in that event.

The Colby ski program (Nordic and alpine, men and women) placed 13th in the country in NCAA Division I despite having just six of the possible 12 skiers that would make up a full team.

 
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