Yates, Einarsdottir lead Panthers in season's first EISA race
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – Freshman Cooper Yates (Richmond, B.C.) and junior Freydis Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) posted the top times for the Plymouth State University alpine ski teams Sunday as the Panthers opened the 2018 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) carnival season with a giant slalom race at the Colby College Carnival held at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort.
The teams had been set to open competition on Saturday, but high winds caused the races to be pushed back a day. Yates ended the day tenth out of 71 racers, while Einarsdottir finished 11th among a field of 63 women.
Yates sat in 15th after his first run with a time of 1:02.00, but the rookie put together the ninth-fastest second run (1:01.01) to move up five spots. Senior Hunter Stuerke (Cottonwood Heights, Utah) was the second fastest Panther on the men's side, earning a 22nd place finish with a combined time of 2:04.08, and sophomore Logan Martin (Edwards, Colo.) was the third point-scorer for PSU, finishing in 42nd.
On the women's side, Einarsdottir posted identical runs of 1:04.17 to earn the 11th place finish. Freshman Gabriella Quimby (Dunstable, Mass.) was Plymouth's only other point-scorer, ending the day in 37th with a combined time of 2:16.58.
Dartmouth College (254 points) edged the University of Vermont (244 points) to earn the men's team title. Plymouth State finished in seventh with 128 points, firmly ahead of Colby College (98) and just behind Middlebury College (130).
The Big Green finished tied with Middlebury on the women's side as each school amassed 228 points. The Panthers finished tenth with 80 points, just two points behind Williams and ten points ahead of St. Lawrence.
The carnival was the first for the team under new head coach Geoff Ouellette, who took the reins of the program in late July.
Both teams will compete next weekend at the St. Michael's College Carnival at Smugglers' Notch. The GS events will take place on Friday (Jan. 26), with the slalom scheduled for Saturday (Jan. 27).
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