Einarsdottir, Price finish in top-20 for women, Yates leads Panther men
HANCOCK, Vt. – Junior Freydis Einarsdottir (Garðabær, Iceland) and sophomore Allison Price (Rutland, Vt.) both finished in the top-20 and freshman Cooper Yates (Richmond, B.C.) finished 23rd as the Plymouth State University alpine ski teams wrapped up the 2018 carnival season with the giant slalom in day two of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championships hosted by the Middlebury Snow Bowl.
Einarsdottir posted a14th place finish, with Price just 0.26 seconds behind to finish 16th, helping guide the women's team to a sixth place team finish. The Panther women earned 66 points, finishing one point behind Bates College. Dartmouth College (130) won the women's team tile, with Middlebury College (120) and St. Michael's College (102) rounding out the top three.
Price put down a blazing first run with a time of 1:03.03, the twelfth fastest time in the opening run, before skiing a 1:08.73 second run for a combined 2:11.76. Einarsdottir sat in 25th following her opening run of 1:04.11, but threw down the sixth-best second run (1:07.39) for a combined time of 2:11.50 to sneak past Price in the final standings.
Freshman Gabriella Quimby (Dunstable, Mass.) put together a pair of good runs to finish 33rd. She posted a 1:06.97 and 1:10.84 to finish with a total time of 2:17.81. Sophomore Rachael Kosik (Goodrich, Mich.) finished 49th with runs of 1:11.66 and 1:15.67 for a combined 2:27.33.
Yates set the pace for the Panther men. He posted a 1:02.62 in his opening run, the 24th fastest time, then followed with the 21st best time in the second run (1:04.91) for a combined 2:07.53 to finish 23rd.
Seniors Danny Blake (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and Bryce Eller (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and sophomore Logan Martin (Edwards, Colo.) finished 44th, 48th and 51st, respectively. Blake and Eller put down identical first runs of 1:04.91, with Martin a touch off the pace at 1:05.05. Blake followed with a 1:06.79 second run, with Eller posting a 1:07.41 and Martin finishing in 1:07.69. Blake's combined time was 2:11.70, with Eller finishing in 2:12.35 and Martin in 2:12.74.
Sophomore Karl Kuus (Toronto, Ont.) sat in 18th after his opening run of 1:02.17, but did not finish his second. Freshman Yuri McClure (Hailey, Idaho) suffered a similar fate after an opening run of 1:03.53.
Dartmouth earned the men's team title with 128 points, with UVM (115) and Middlebury (108) making up the remainder of the top three. The Panthers finished with 42 points to take eighth.
The field for the 2018 NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships will be announced on NCAA.com at 8:00 p.m. on Monday night. The championships will be hosted by the University of Colorado in Steamboat Springs. Kuus, Yates and Einarsdottir are all expected to be among the 16 men and 16 women representing the East.
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