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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Crocker, Randall named All America
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO -- The Big Green of Dartmouth rode a gritty performance by its cross country skiers to move ahead two places and finish third in the team standings at the NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Championships here Saturday.
The third-place team finish is the highest for the Big Green since 1982, when when the men's and women's championships were combined. On the final day of competition, Dartmouth leapfrogged Denver University, which finished fourth, and archrival Vermont, which finished fifth.
"This is awesome," said Director of Skiing and women's cross country coach Cami Thompson. "The best part is that we had an All America in every discipline. Every one of our athletes contributed."
Senior Alison Crocker (Poughkeepsie, NY) earned the third All America honor of her stellar career by finishing by fifth in the women's 15-kilometer free technique cross country race at Howelsen Hill, while freshman Glenn Randall (Collbran, CO) took fifth place in the men's 20-kilometer race at his first national championships.
Crocker was a minute and a half off the pace of race winner Jana Rehemaa of Colorado, who finished in 46:27.4. Big Green sophomore Susan Dunklee finished in 12th place, while junior Kristina Trygstad-Saari (Bozeman, MT), who missed Thursday's classical race with a fever, finished 22nd.
"I was disappointed after the classical race, and freestyle isn't my best event," said Crocker. "But about halfway through the race, I realized that I was with the leaders, that I wasn't going to hit the wall, and that I was going to be alright. I'm very excited."
Randall, who led for a brief time late in the race, finished 25 seconds behind winner Kit Richmond of Colorado, who finished the four-loop course in 55:14.7. Dartmouth junior Michael Sinnott (Sun Valley, ID) was 13th; sophomore Ben True (North Yarmouth, ME) was 28th.
"It was an incredibly gutsy performance by the whole team," said Thompson. "Freestyle is not necessarily Ali's strength, but she stayed with the lead group. Susan skied hard and just missed being an All America, and Kristina, for being sick, finished really strong."
In addition to Crocker and Randall, Dartmouth also finished with three other All America selections: senior Karl Johnson (Richmond, VT), who won the men's slalom and finished 6th in giant slalom; sophomore Michelanne Shields (Colorado Springs, CO), who finished eighth in slalom and ninth in giant slalom; and True, who was fifth in the men's 10-kilometer classical cross country event.
Host Colorado finished first in the team standings, with 654 points. New Mexico was second with 556, followed by the Big Green with 537.5 points.
For complete NCAA results and scores, see <www.eisaskiing.org/BART/Results06/ncaa06.htm>
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