Vermont mounts top spot again
Mark Bedics, NCAA.com
Vermont held onto the top spot in the Ski Racing magazine collegiate rankings for the third consecutive week.
Boosted by having the individual champion in all eight races this past weekend at its own carnival, the Catamounts posted its third victory in a row on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association circuit in resounding fashion over Dartmouth. Vermont’s Caitlin Patterson kept her unbeaten streak alive in Nordic races and has now won all four times she has competed. In addition, freshman sensation Kate Ryley continues to absolutely dominate on the women’s alpine scene as she has won three of the six races she has competed in this season, and has finished no worse than third in any competition.
Colorado stays in the second spot in spite of a fourth place finish at the UNM Invitational, which was mostly due to the absence of some members of the alpine team who were in Turkey competing at the World University Games. The Buffaloes’ NCAA chances were dealt a blow as Katie Hartman, one of the team’s top alpine skiers, suffered a season-ending injury while competing in Turkey. However, Colorado still has enough depth to make a strong run at an NCAA title.
New Mexico jumped up a notch to third after winning its own invitational last weekend. Alpine standout Petter Brenna leads a Lobo team that has been improving every week and is primed to challenge CU and UVM for the top spot at NCAAs.
Utah dropped a spot from third to fourth. The Utes were the runners-up for the third straight Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association event. However, Nordic phenom Maria Graefnings continues to be unbeatable as she has now won all six of her races this season.
Dartmouth stays put in the fifth spot as it continues to be led by its very solid men’s Nordic team. The trio of Sam Tarling, Nils Koons and Eric Packer have all been standard top five finishers in the EISA Nordic events.