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Haskell fourth in NCAA slalom, earns third All-American honor

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Colby College’s Mardi Haskell (Holderness, N.H.) is an All-American for the third time and her second run was key for her this year at the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships on Friday night.
Haskell finished in fourth place in the slalom for the second year in a row. She was 10th after the opening run and fourth among the 34 skiers on the second trip to move all the way up to fourth place. Haskell had runs of 46.49 and 44.56 for a two-run total time of 1:31.15.
“The level of skiing on this stage is so high that it’s easy for new skiers to come in and take your place,” Colby head coach Danny Noyes said. “Mardi showed she was committed to getting back to the top. It’s the second year in a row that she finished as the first American skier and the first non-scholarship athlete.”
Colby teammate Sierra Leavitt (Casco, Maine) also had a fine night in taking 22nd place, including the 15th-best second run.
Last year’s nationals in the slalom were the opposite for Haskell. She had a blazing first run to put her in third place and then had a good second run to take fourth.
Haskell joins Abbi Lathrop ’06 as the only Colby skiers (male or female) to earn at least two All-American First Team honors. Lathrop had six total honors, including three on the first team. Haskell will have two more chances next year during her senior season.
Haskell may have had a little bad luck on her first run Friday. She was prepared to ski at the top of the hill, but officials took about two to three minutes to clear off part of the course. Skiers usually take off immediately after the skier in front of them finishes.
Haskell and Leavitt both needed a big second run and made it happen.
“Sierra had to change her approach tactically, and take charge,” Noyes said. “Our course inspection identified that while the second run was a challenging set, we’ve trained hard courses all year and really had the ability to be aggressive and get after it. Executing an aggressive plan was easy for both of them once they committed to it.”
Haskell was in first place after 26 skiers, but still had four skiers remaining with times ahead of her from the first run. University of Denver skier Kristine Gjelsten Haugen dropped from fourth to sixth place after a tough second run.
National champion Julie Flo Mohagen of University of Utah had a blazing 44.39 for the best first run. She only had the 11th-best second run, yet was able to stay in first place thanks to her opening run.
University of Vermont’s Laurence St.-Germain was the most consistent skier, taking second on the first run and third on the second for a 1:30.0 total to take second place. University of Denver’s Monica Huebner, last year’s slalom national champ, settled for third this year in 1:31.06.
Leavitt, an All-American in the giant slalom at last year’s nationals, was 28th after her first run of 49.11. Her 45.7 second run moved her up six places to 22nd.
The Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) had a huge day, with five skiers earning All-
American honors for finishing in the top 10.
“The women placed five in the top nine and seven in the top 12. That’s great for the region,” Noyes said. “It’s been a hard week, with travel and altitude a part of it. The biggest factor is the number of scholarship and international skiers in the western universities.”
NCAA Division I Skiing Championships
Slalom racing
1. Julie Flo Mohagen, University of Utah, 1:29.63 (44.39, 45.24)
2. Laurence St.-German, University of Vermont, 1:30.00 (45.49, 44.51)
3. Monica Huebner, University of Denver, 1:31.06 (45.58, 45.48)
4. Mardi Haskell, Colby College, 1:31.15 (46.49, 44.66)
5. Nora Grieg Christensen, University of Colorado, 1:31.24 (46.92, 44.32)
6. Kristine Gjelsten Haugen, University of Denver, 1:31.27 (45.77, 45.50)
7. Alexa Dlouhy, Dartmouth College, 1:31.58 (46.30, 45.28)
8. Kelly Moore, Dartmouth College, 1:31.61 (46.69, 44.92)
9. Hannah Hunsaker, Williams College, 1:31.64 (47.30, 44.34)
10. Jocelyn McCarthy, Montana State, 1:31.66 (46.70, 44.96)
11. Foreste Peterson, Dartmouth College, 1:31.95 (46.74, 45.21)
12. Freydis Halla Einarsdottir, Plymouth State, 1:31.97 (46.23, 45.74)
13. Tuva Norbye, University of Denver, 1:32.04 (47.29, 44.75)
14. Lisa Wedsjoe, University of New Hampshire, 1:32.06 (46.28, 45.78)
15. Tonje Healey Trulsrud, University of Colorado, 1:32.07 (47.31, 44.76)
16. Thea Grosvold, University of Colorado, 1:32.48 (47.64, 44.84)
17. Sydney Staples, University of New Mexico, 1:32.51 (46.64, 45.87)
18. Maria Gudmundsdottir, Alaska-Anchorage, 1:32.66 (46.03, 46.63)
19. Stephanie Gartner, Montana State, 1:33.01 (47.21, 45.80)
20. Roni Remme, University of Utah, 1:33.35 (46.19, 47.16)
21. Courtney Altringer, University of New Mexico, 1:33.37 (47.73, 45.64)
22. Sierra Leavitt, Colby College, 1:34.68 (49.11, 45.57)
23. Brittany Lathrop, University of Vermont, 1:34.77 (48.51, 46.26)
24. Isabella Andreini, Alaska-Anchorage, 1:36.22 (49.12, 47.10)
25. Chloe Margrethe Fausa, University of Utah, 1:38.19 (50.26, 47.93)
26. Caroline Bartlett, Middlebury College, 1:40.50 (54.12, 46.38)
27. Charley Field, Alaska-Anchorage, 1:40.55 (50.74, 49.81)
28. Genevieve Frigon, University of New Hampshire, 1:40.90 (46.52, 54.38)
29. Randa Teschner, University of New Hampshire, 1:43.37 (46.77, 56.60)
30. Katharine Irwin, University of New Mexico, 1:43.70 (56.25, 47.45)
31. Lexi Calcagni, Middlebury College, 1:52.90 (48.94, 1:03.96)
32. Mille Graesdal, University of Vermont, 2:19.82 (49.77, 1:30.05)
33. Benedicte Oseid Lyche, Montana State, 2:22.25 (46.75, 1:35.50)
34. Meggane Grand, Saint Michael’s, 48.91, DNF

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