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Cross-Country Ski Team Places Second


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The cross-country ski team took second place at the Clarkson Carnival in Glens Falls, New York last weekend. The race was the first of the season for MIT, following a two-week training camp held in Quebec, Canada during Independent Activities Period.

Six schools attended the Mideastern Conference race, including Cornell University, MIT, the United States Military Academy, and Clarkson, Syracuse, and Yale Universities.

Cornell dominated the meet, taking first place in both the men's and women's races and finishing ahead in team points in both races. The United States Military Academy finished in third place close behind MIT.

"I think the team performed very well on Saturday; training camp helped us a lot," Captain Christian Lund G said. "The team to beat here is Cornell. They have some excellent skiers, but so do we."

Cornell's Ben Young won the men's 9-kilometer classic race with a time of 27:00, followed by two other Cornell skiers. The first MIT skier to finish was Jeff Doering '99, who took fourth place with a time of 29:43. Close behind, Christian Lund G and Cornell skier Kevin Walsh tied for fifth place with a time of 30:08.

Jeff Breidenbach '96 took 22nd place with a time of 37:07, and Jiri Schindler '96 came in 28th out of 41 finishers with a time of 40:10.

In the women's 7.5 kilometer classic race, Marjolin Schat of Cornell and Rachel Crazier of USMA tied for first place with a time of 30:07. Cornell took third and fourth place, followed by MIT skier Gwen Crevensten '96 who finished fifth with a time of 33:19.

Adrienne Slaughter '98 came in ninth with 33:38, and Lynn Cornell '96 finished tenth with a time of 37:53.

"I felt pretty good out there, but it's hard to tell on such a flat trail.," Crevensten said about the race. "Steeper, more difficult courses tend to separate the skiers much more."

The next Mideastern Conference race will be held this weekend in Osceola, New York. Saturday will be a 10k classic for women and a 15k classic for men, and Sunday will feature a 3-by-5 skate relay.