Kuus, Metzger post top finishes for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Karl Kuus (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman Camryn Metzger (Thornbury, Ontario) were the top finishers as the Plymouth State University alpine ski teams kicked off the 2020 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season with the slalom at Waterville Valley Resort during day one of the Harvard Carnival on Friday.
Kuus led the men with his tenth-place finish, while Metzger moved up from 22nd following her first run to finish 11th overall to lead the women.
Harvard Carnival (Men's SL) – 5th of 13 Teams
Harvard Carnival (Women's SL) – 8th of 13 Teams
Team Champions (Men):
- Middlebury took home the team title with 128 points to hold off UVM (111) and Dartmouth (109).
- With 82 points, the Panthers finished just behind UNH (88).
Team Champions (Women):
- Middlebury earned 111 points on the women's side to win both team alpine races, with UNH (105) and Colby (93) rounding out the top three.
- Plymouth State earned 52 points to finish just behind St. Michael's (58).
How it Happened (Men):
- Kuus got off to a good start after posting the fourth-fastest first run with a time of 45.39, but he fell off the lead in his second to finish with a combined 1:35.30.
- Junior Cooper Yates (Richmond, British Columbia) and sophomore Hunter Watson (Ottawa, Ontario) also posted top-20 finishes for the Panthers. Yates finished 15th in 1:36.14 after posting the seventh fastest second run, while Watson was 20th with a combined 1:36.88.
- Sophomore Tommy Shantler (Buffalo, N.Y.) took 37th with a 1:40.02 and junior Ander Gonzalez (Pamplona, Spain) finished 50th in 1:42.70 among the field of 90 racers.
How it Happened (Women):
- Metzger sat in 22nd following her opening run of 50.45, but blazed down the trail in 53.14 to post the fifth-fastest second run to catapult into 11th with a combined 1:43.59 in her collegiate debut.
- Freshman Carmela Olmo (Lleida, Spain) was the Panthers' second finisher taking 39th in 1:50.80.
- Junior Gigi Quimby (Pepperell, Mass.) ended up 42nd with a time of 1:52.79, while freshman Lili Flachbart (Hamilton, Mass.) posted a time of 1:54.17 to edge out sophomore Rachel Smith (Stowe, Vt.) for 46th. Smith finished in 1:54.84.
- The carnival continues tomorrow (Jan. 18) with the giant slalom races.
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