Kuus, Einarsdottir post top-ten finishes
WARREN, Vt. – Sophomore Karl Kuus (Toronto, Ont.) and junior Freydis Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) both posted top-ten finishes as the Plymouth State University alpine ski team competed in the slalom at Sugarbush Ski Resort to make up the previously canceled Colby College Carnival Slalom race on Sunday.
In a rare third straight day of carnival racing, Kuus earned a fifth place finish while Einarsdottir took tenth. Team scoring for the carnival officially concluded after the original race weekend. Giant Slalom results were doubled to make up for the lost race. The races at Sugarbush counted only for individual athlete NCAA Championships qualification.
Icy conditions caused an extremely slick surface, leading to more than 50 DNFs.
Kuus earned a second top-five finish in as many days. He posting the third fastest time (43.35) in his initial run and his second was even faster (43.21), but the top of the field was able to catch him as he dropped to fifth overall. Senior Hunter Stuerke (Cottonwood Heights, Utah) and sophomore Logan Martin (Edwards, Colo.) also put together a pair of impressive runs. Stuerke sat in 25th after a first run of 46.56, with Martin just behind in 27th with a 46.85. Both used the icy conditions to their advantage cutting significant time off for their second runs. Stuerke posted the 18th fastest time (42.97) to end up 23rd overall, while Martin had the 12th fastest second run (42.73) and settled for 24th overall among the field of 74 racers.
Einarsdottir was the sole member of the women's team to finish both runs. Her initial run of 47.62 was the eighth fastest, but a second run of 52.19 dropped her to tenth out of the 70 participants. It was Einarsdottir's second straight top-ten finish.
The teams will be back in Vermont again next weekend. Plymouth State will travel to Stowe Mountain Resort for the UVM Carnival with Giant Slalom races on Friday, followed by Slalom on Saturday.
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