Kuus just misses top-ten, Price finishes 42nd
HANCOCK, Mass. – Rainy weather made for tough conditions as the Plymouth State University alpine ski teams competed in the giant slalom at Jiminy Peak on day one of the Williams College Carnival on Friday.
Sophomores Karl Kuus (Toronto, Ont.) and Allison Price (Rutland, Vt.) were the top performers for Plymouth State. Kuus narrowly missed a top-ten finish, placing 12th in the field of 80, while Price finished 42nd out of 73 racers.
Kuus had a blazing opening run, finishing the course in 50.47 seconds to leave him in 11th place after his first run. His second run of 52.25 seconds was the 18th fastest time, accounting for a combined time of 1:42.72 to end up just .44 seconds shy of another top-ten finish.
Senior Danny Blake (Orchard Park, N.Y.) placed 48th and sophomore Logan Martin (Edwards, Colo.) ended up 50th. Blake had runs of 53.72 seconds and 55.59 seconds for a combined time of 1:49.31, with Martin putting down a 1:50.10 after runs of 54.23 seconds and 55.87 seconds.
Price was the only Panther on the women's side to complete both runs. Her first run of 54.51 seconds was the 43rd fastest, while her second run was 44th fastest (56.66 seconds) for a combined time of 1:51.17. Freshman Gabriella Quimby (Dunstable, Mass.) just made the cutoff to get a second run after posting a 56.75 second opening run to end in 59th, but she was unable to finish her second run.
Sophomores Rachael Kosik (Goodrich, Mich.) and Ashley Houser (Ramsey, N.J.) also raced for the Panther women, while freshman Cooper Yates (Richmond, B.C.), sophomore Michael Townsend (Ogden, Utah) and senior Bryce Eller (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) competed for the men.
The University of Vermont won the women's team event, accumulating 134 points, with Dartmouth College (124) and the University of New Hampshire (90) rounding out the top three. PSU earned 14 points to finish 12th.
Dartmouth won the men's team title with 141 points, ahead of Middlebury College, UVM and UNH, who all finished tied for second with 88 points. The Panthers ended up ninth with 41 points.
Both teams will be back in action tomorrow for the slalom.
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