Wednesday, March 9, 2011 – by Curtis Snyder, RMISASkiing.com
Results Available On Schedule/Results Page
STOWE, Vt. – The University of Colorado took a commanding 46 point lead at the midpoint of the 2011 NCAA Championships, hosted here by the University of Vermont on Spruce Peak and at the Trapp Family Lodge. Three of four individual NCAA Champions came from RMISA schools.
The RMISA is dominating the championship with all seven schools in the top 10 and five in the top seven. Colorado leads the 21-school championship with 408 points, 46 ahead of second place Dartmouth (362) while Utah (353.5) and Vermont (349.5) are all within 12.5 points of each other in second through fourth places. New Mexico (305) is fifth followed by Denver (262) and Alaska Anchorage (241.5) in sixth and seventh while Montana State stands in 10th place with 125.5 points.
The men’s 10K freestyle race got the day started at the Trapp Family Lodge and Dartmouth was the dominant team with three of the top five skiers, including winner Sam Tarling, who took the individual title in a time of 26:05.7. Colorado’s Vegard Kjoelhamar was second in 26:10.3 and Utah’s Miles Havlick was third in 26:11.8 to round out the podium while Dartmouth’s Nils Koons (26:15.1) and Eric Packer (26:19.7) round out the top five to earn first-team All-America honors.
Utah’s Didrick Smith (sixth, 26:25.8), Vermont’s Scott Patterson (26:31.1), Denver’s Andrew Dougherty (26:36.6), Northerm Michigan’s Andy Liebner (26:45.1) and New Mexico’s Tor-Hakon Hellebostad (10th, 26:46.3) all earned second-team All-America honros.
Meanwhile over at the Stowe Ski Resort on Spruce Peak, the women’s giant slalom was finishing up its second run, with Denver’s Ida Dilliongoeen taking home medalist honors in a two-run time of 2:05.98. Colorado’s Sara Hjertman took second in 2:06.51 while Alaska-Anchorage’s Alex Parker took third in 2:06.81, giving the RMISA a sweep of the podium while Vermont’s Kate Ryley took fourth in 2:06.95 and Colorado’s Erika Ghent took fifth in 2:06.97 as all five earned first-team All-America honors.
Utah’s Tii-Maria Romar was sixth, Vermont’s Lynee Janowiak seventh followed by two Lobos with A.C. Brusletto eighth and Stefanie Demetz ninth while Dartmouth’s Courtney Hammond rounded out the top 10 all earning second-team All-America honors.
The RMISA again dominated in the women’s 5K classic race sweeping the podium with Utah’s Maria Graefnings earning the individual NCAA Championship in a time of 13:51.9 followed by two Colorado skiers, Eliska Hajkova in second in 14:01.7 and Joanne Reid in third in 14:32.0. Dartmouth’s Erika Flowers (fourth, 14:37.6) and Rosie Brennan (14:37.9) round out the top five all earning first-team All-America honors.
Vermont’s Caitlin Patterson took sixth, Alaska Anchorage’s Jaime Brogna seventh, Vermont’s Lucy Garrec eighth, Colorado’s Alexa Turzian ninth and Dartmouth’s Sophie Caldwell 10th, all earning second-team All-America honros.
The men’s giant slalom races ended the busy day and Denver’s Seppi Stiegler gave the Pioneers their second individual NCAA Championship as he won in a two-run time of 2:01.90. Vermont’s Kevin Drury took second in 2:02.69 and Utah’s Ryan Wilson was third in 2:02.95. Middlebury’s Robert Scone was fourth in 2:03.08 and New Mexico’s Chris Acosta rounded out the top five in a time of 2:03.14. All earned first-team All-America honors.
Colorado’s Gabriel Rivas (sixth), Utah’s Torjus Krodgahl (seventh), New Mexico’s Petter Brenna (eighth), Dartmouth’s Trevor Leafe (ninth) and New Hampshire’s Zach Clayton (10th) all earned second-team All-America honors.
Thursday was supposed to be the giant slalom races but with a large noreaster storm expected to hit with rain, sleet, snow and wind, the NCAA decided to move it up a day. Action will continue here Friday with the classical races at the Trapp Family Lodge, 15K for women and 20K for men. The slalom races will conclude the championship Saturday.
Podium Appearances (10 out of 12 from RMISA) – Colorado 4, Utah 3, Denver 2, Alaska Anchorage 1, Dartmouth 1, Vermont 1
First-Team All-America (12 out of 20 from RMISA) – Colorado 5, Dartmouth 5, Utah 3, Denver 2, Vermont 2, Alaska Anchorage 1, Middlebury 1, New Mexico 1.
Second-Team All-America (11 out of 20 from RMISA) – New Mexico 4, Vermont 4, Dartmouth 3, Utah 3, Colorado 2, Denver 1, Northern Michigan 1, Alaska Anchorage 1, New Hampshire 1.
Any All-American (23 out of 40 from RMISA) – Colorado 7, Utah 6, New Mexico 5, Denver 3, Alaska Anchorage 2.