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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Bartlett, NH -- The 2007 Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships has turned into a dogfight between the Big Green of Dartmouth and the Pioneers of Denver. Half way through the Championships, Dartmouth leads by the narrowest of margins – one point – over Denver.
High winds and cold temperatures were again factors in the racing Thursday, as Big Green senior and former U.S. Ski Team member Evan Weiss took second place behind winner Adam Cole of Denver.
“The wind was definitely a factor,” said Weiss. “It was blowing upwards of 40 miles an hour, but it was in and out and so some guys had to fight it and others didn’t. Adam told me he didn’t get any wind, but I definitely did.”
The wind also wreaked havoc with the second run of Dartmouth’s David Chodounsky, who was fifth after the first run but finished 11th after a gusty second run.
Cole won the race in 2:20.42; Weiss was 67-hundredths back in second. Denver’s Francesco Ghedina was third, just eight-hundredths behind Weiss. In addition to Chodounsky’s 11th place finish, Big Green junior Alex Felix, in his first NCAA Championships, was 18th.
Dartmouth took the lead earlier in the day, on the strength of three top-20 finishes by the Big Green women’s squad. 2006 All American Michelanne Shields again earned All American laurels by finishing in ninth place, 2.73 seconds off the pace of race winner Sarah Schaedler of Western State College. Senior Lindsay Mann finished 17th; freshman Hayley Jones, competing in her first NCAA race, finished 19th.
Schaedler’s time of 2:30.47 was .88 seconds better than runner up Jenny Tank of Denver. New Hampshire’s Veronique Archambault-Leger was third in 1:31.72.
The NCAA Championships continues Friday with men’s and women’s classical technique cross country events at the Jackson Cross Country Ski Center. Once again cold weather has caused a change in start times for the races, with both rolled back one hour. The women’s race begins at 10 a.m. Friday, with the men to follow at noon.
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