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Big Green Moves Up Two Spots at NCAA Meet

Midway, Utah — After finishing the giant slalom on Wednesday in eighth place, the Dartmouth College ski team climbed two spots in the team standings at the NCAA championships on Thursday on the strength of its performance in the cross country classic races held at Soldier Hollow. The women scored 37 points thanks to senior Annie Hart’s 11th-place finish, while junior Silas Talbot paced the men and their 40 points in 14th place.

Denver began the day in third, but took the lead by scoring 169 points, winning both the men’s and women’s races, with five of its six skiers finishing among the top 10 to earn All-America honors. Utah fell back into second place with 248 points through two days, 51 behind Denver, while Colorado moved up a spot into third with 240.5 points. Dartmouth has 131 points, while Vermont leads the schools from the East with 186.5, good for fifth.

Hart, a four-time All-American, just missed out on her fifth such honor by finishing seven-tenths of a second shy of the top 10 with a time of 14:30.8 in the 5-kilometer classic. She had not finished lower than ninth in any of her previous 23 races, including four at the NCAA meets. In her first NCAA appearance, senior Isabel Caldwell was 14th (14:41.3). Sophomore Corey Stock, who was sick the night before the race, finished in 38th.

Although Vermont’s Anja Gruber won individual honors with a time of 13:38.4, the women’s race was dominated by skiers from the West and Central regions as no other East skier placed in the top 10.

The NCAA wasted no time in starting up the men’s 10K classic, as the first competitors in the staggered start launched before the women’s race was even complete. After the first lap, Talbot was in 12th place, with senior David Sinclair in 17th and freshman Patrick Caldwell in 24th. With the weather warming up quickly, the course got considerably slower for all of the skiers on the second lap as nearly everyone was a minute or more slower. Talbot was unable to close the gap and fell back to 14th (25:52.8). Sinclair finished 17th (26:13.4), and Caldwell advanced two places into 22nd (26:52.7).

The men’s race was even more dominated by skiers from the West and Central as Talbot and Sinlcair were the top finishers from the East. Colorado’s Rune Malo Oedegaard claimed the top spot on the podium in 24:34.5, more than 11 seconds ahead of Denver’s Pierre Guedon.

The championships continue today back at Park City Mountain Resort, beginning with the first run of the men’s slalom at 11 a.m. (EST) followed by the first run for the women at noon.

 West Hartford resident Chris McKenna, a freshman at Middlebury College, skied to 17th place in the men’s giant slalom on Wednesday. He was fifth in his second run.

McKenna, who attended the Waldorf School in Quechee before heading off to Burke Mountain Academy, timed a two-run total of 2:01.73, barely behind teammate Hig Roberts in 15th place with a combined 2:01.61. Utah’s Mark Engel won the race in a combined 1:58.56.

The Utes took the lead after the first day with 165 points, while Middlebury was 7th place with 58 points.

McKenna was honored at the end of the eastern carnival season as the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association’s Rookie of the Year for being the freshman skier with the best results all year. McKenna was also named to the top-10 All-East team. He will be skiing again today in the NCAA slalom.

Marauders at Meet of Champions

Franconia, n.h. — Hanover senior Christopher Stocken skied to ninth place in the giant slalom in the NHIAA Meet of Champions on Wednesday at Cannon Mountain against skiers from all six Granite State divisions.

Stocken’s effort earned him a place as one of 12 skiers to move onto this weekend’s High School Eastern Championships at Attitash. It’s the second straight year that Stocken has made the Eastern team.

Junior Conor Austin was 17th on his best run of the two-run GS. Sophomore Davey Stocken also competed. Skiers raced in both two-run slalom and two-run giant slalom. Their best finish of the four races was their recorded placement.

All skiers qualified for the Meet of Champions after their performances last week in the Division II alpine state championships.

College Baseball

Dartmouth Player Honored

Hanover — Dartmouth senior outfiedler Jeff Keller was named Ivy League co-player of the week with Columbia outfielder Jordan Serena.

Keller went 7-for-13 (.538) against FIU last weekend, collecting at least two hits in each game, scoring four runs, driving in three more and stealing two bases. He reached base at a .571 clip and slugged .846.

College Hockey

Goalie Named Tops for Feb.

Albany, n.y. — Dartmouth sophomore Charles Grant was named the ECAC Hockey goaltender of the month for February.

Grant was outstanding in the second month of 2014, posting an unbeaten mark of 4-0-1 in five starts. His .964 save percentage was the best in the nation in February, while his 1.18 goals-against was the second best in the NCAA and the top mark in the ECAC.

H.S. Snowboarding

Wasps Compete At State Meet

Killington, Vt. — Woodstock’s boys and girls teams fared well at the Vermont State Snowboard Championships at Killington, attended by students from more than 15 schools.

The boys were runners-up in the overall team competition for all events (giant slalom, pipe, slopestyle), just behind BFA-St. Albans.

Both the boys and girls teams won the GS title. The were led by Nikki Sardelli (second), Olivia Clement (third) and Karli Weinberg (15th). Randolph’s Logan Farmer was first.

The Woodstock boys GS win was led by Alex Sheppard, who recovered from a dramatic high-speed fall in the first run to storm back to seventh place on the strength of a second run that was one of the fastest runs of the day. Sheppard was followed by Evan Bloch (eighth), Will Stellar (ninth) and Spencer Eckert (14th).

Woodstock’s Will Stellar was fourth in the slopestyle.

Boys Basketball

Berlin 66, Stevens 45

Berlin, n.h. — Third-ranked Berlin shut down No. 14 Stevens in the second round of the NHIAA Division III tournament. Stevens’ record ends at 11-11, 10-10 in D-III play.

Unified Basketball

Keene 42, Hanover 32

Keene, n.h. — Top-seeded Keene defeated No. 16 Hanover (3-3) in opening round of the NHIAA tournament. Brandon Gile scored 16 points for Hanover, while teammate Walker Mosenthal added eight.

Basketball

Stateline Jammers Meetings

Orford — The Stateline Jammers AAU girls basketball program is holding its final set of meetings this weekend at Rivendell Academy before the teams are selected.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday: Grades 4-5, 10-11 a.m.; grades 6-7, 11 a.m.-noon; grades 8-12, noon-1:30 p.m.

Sunday: Grades 9-12, 12:30-2 p.m.; grades 4-5, 2-3 p.m.; grades 6-7, 3-4 p.m.

For more information, contact Hank Tenney at Hank.Tenney@hanovernh.org.