Watson leads Panthers at Middlebury
HANCOCK, Vt. – Sophomore Hunter Watson (Ottawa, Ontario) was the top finisher for the Plymouth State University alpine ski teams as the Panthers closed out the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championships at the Middlebury Carnival at Middlebury Snow Bowl with the giant slalom on Saturday.
Watson posted a 22nd place finish to lead the men, while freshman Zoe Simpson (Portland, Ore.) led the women.
The race marked the conclusion of carnival season for the Panthers. The National Collegiate Skiing Championship begins March 11th and, while the official field won't be revealed until Tuesday (Mar. 3), Plymouth State looks poised to send a full squad of three skiers on the men's side for the first time in program history.
EISA Championships / Middlebury Carnival (Men's GS) – 7th of 13 Teams
EISA Championships / Middlebury Carnival (Women's GS) – 13th of 13 Teams
Team Champions (Men):
- Middlebury claimed the team title with 128 points to finish atop UVM (100) and UNH (93).
- The Panthers finished seventh with 49 points, just ahead of Boston College (47).
Team Champions (Women):
- Dartmouth had another impressive day on the hill with 132 points to lead the team scoring. Middlebury (122) and UNH (97) made up the top three for the second straight day.
- PSU's eight points left them in 13th place.
How it Happened (Men):
- Watson posted a first run of 1:02.28 to place 16th but dropped back a few spots after his second run. His combined time of 2:06.08 left him in 22nd place.
- Junior Cooper Yates (Richmond, British Columbia) finished 35th in 2:07.03, one spot ahead of senior Karl Kuus (Toronto, Ontario) who crossed the line just 0.01 seconds later.
- Senior Logan Martin (Edwards, Colo.) and junior Ander Gonzalez (Pamplona, Spain) took 49th and 50th.
How it Happened (Women):
- Simpson was the lone Panther to complete both runs. Her first run time of 1:08.22 was good enough for 54th place, but she moved up seven slots after her second run to place 47th in 2:17.52.
- The NCAA will announce the field for the 2020 National Collegiate Skiing Championship via press release on NCAA.com on Tuesday (Mar. 3).
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