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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Steamboat Springs, CO -- Dartmouth sophomore Ben True (North Yarmouth, ME) was the East's highest finisher in the men's 10-kilometer classical cross country race today at the NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Championships.
True finished in fifth place, 46 seconds off the pace of race winner John Stene of Denver University, who took the event in 27:57.7. True's top-10 finish earns him All America status.
"I thought it went pretty well," said True. "I tried to go out easy, because of the altitude. I got a little out of breath, but I was able to hang in there. It's pretty exciting." This is True's second NCAA Championships event in less than four months: in November, he finished 32nd at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Indiana.
True was followed by Big Green junior Mike Sinnott (Sun Valley, ID) in 12th place and freshman Glenn Randall (Collbran, CO) in 17th place. Of the top 20 finishers in the race, only the Dartmouth trio of True, Sinnott and Randall, along with Vermont's Juergen Uhl, were Eastern skiers.
Earlier in the day Thursday, Dartmouth senior Alison Crocker (Poughkeepsie, NY) finished in 13th place in the women's 5-kilometer classical, more than a minute behind winner Jana Rehemaa of Colorado. Rehemaa's winning time was 16:29.6. Dartmouth sophomore Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) was 18th; junior Kristina Trygstad-Saari (Bozeman, MT) developed a slight fever Wednesday night and was scratched from the race.
Thursday's strong showing in cross country moves the Big Green into 6th place in the team standings. After two days of competition, Denver University holds the team lead with 337.5 points; host Colorado is second with 307and New Mexico is third with 254.
Action resumes Friday with the NCAA's first-ever night slalom race at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.
For complete NCAA results and scores, see <http://www.eisaskiing.org/BART/Results06/ncaa06.htm>
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