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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
True, Sinnott, Dunklee named All America
JACKSON, NH -- The Big Green of Dartmouth expanded their lead in the team standings at the 2007 NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Championships here, taking Thursday's one point lead over Denver and blowing the race open on the strength of another solid day by its men's and women's cross country teams.
After three days of competition at the Championships, Dartmouth holds a 38 point lead over Denver in the team standings. With only the men's and women's slalom to be contested, Dartmouth has 511 points to Denver's 473. The University of Colorado, last year's team champion, is third with 429.
In the men's 20-kilometer classical technique race, Dartmouth junior Ben True repeated as an All American, taking fourth place behind winner Snorri Einarsson of Utah. Einarsson won the race in a sprint at the finish, edging 2005 champion Rene Reisshauer of Denver. Einarsson's time was 55:06.0; Reisshauer finished 2.1 seconds back. Alaska-Fairbanks' Marius Korthauer was third.
The fourth place finish was a career best for True, who finished fifth in last year's 10-k classical. "It feels good," said True. "It would have been nice to be able to get on the podium, but those three guys are very strong skiers and so it was nice to be able to ski up with them."
Big Green senior Mike Sinnott finished eighth in the race, also earning All America honors. Sophomore Glenn Randall was 17th.
True led the race at the 15-kilometer mark, but Einarsson and Reisshauer made their move in the final lap. "They took off and I tried to stay as close to them as I could. I worked the whole downhill real hard to try to pull away from [Korthauer] because I knew my sprint wasn't going to be as fast as his. I just didn't have enough at the end."
In the women's 15-k classical, Northern Michigan University made history with their second 1-2-3 sweep of the Championships. It was the first time one women's team had taken all three podium spots in both classical and freestyle races. Northern's Lindsay Weier, who finished third in Wednesday's freestyle race, took today's event in 47:21.0. She was followed across the finish line by teammates Lindsey Williams and Morgan Smyth.
Dartmouth junior Susan Dunklee also claimed her second All America honor of the week with her seventh place finish, also a career best. "It felt great. I felt fast and relaxed," said Dunklee. "It's hard to describe. It's all falling into place, and you can't really ask for a better season. We're just crossing our fingers for rest of the week."
Dartmouth senior Sara Studebaker and junior Elsa Sargent narrowly missed the All America list, taking 11th and 12th places respectively.
"Mikey had lot of guts to get in there, Ben skied well, and Glenn really came on. The girls were all solid," said women's cross country coach and Director of Skiing Cami Thompson. "I'm so proud of all of them."
With one day remaining and the men's and women's slalom at Attitash-Bear Peak on Saturday, the Green now sets their sights firmly on the team title. But Thompson knows it won't be easy. "It means I'm not going to sleep very well tonight."
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