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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Steamboat Springs, CO -- Dartmouth skiers Karl Johnson (Richmond, VT) and Michelanne Shields (Colorado Springs, CO) earned All America honors for their top 10 finishes in a snowy first day of competition at the NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Championships here today.
Snow fell throughout the day in Steamboat, making conditions difficult for the racers. "This is a tough hill, and the conditions didn't help," said Johnson. But despite the altitude and the weather, Johnson thinks he could have done better. "I had a little mental blip at the top of the second run. I was riding the course instead of attacking it, which is what the top guys did."
The men's race was won by Utah's Scott Veenis, with a two-run time of 2:12.19. Johnson finished the race in 2:14.00, tied with Williams' Eric Mann. Colby's Abbi Lathrop won the women's race in 2:16.85. Dartmouth's Shields was able to hang on to 10th place despite losing a pole on her second run.
Other Dartmouth finishers included sophomore Dave Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO), who was 14th, and sophomore Sealy Livermore (Ross, CA), who was 26th in the women's race. Karl Johnson's twin brother Erik went off course on his first run, while the Big Green's Alex Fucigna (Hopkinton, MA) fell hard at the top of her first run.
After the first day of competition at the NCAA Championships, Dartmouth stands in 8th place in the team standings. The University of New Hampshire leads the team standings, followed by Denver University and the University of Utah.
Action continues Thursday with the women's 5-kilometer and men's 10-kilometer classical cross country races at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.
Complete NCAA Skiing Championships results and scoring are available online at <http://www.eisaskiing.org/BART/Results06/ncaa06.htm>
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