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Doering and Berry Dominate X-Country Freestyle Skate with Top Two Finishes

By Jessi Kleiss
Team Member

Nordic skiers Jeff Doering '99 and Jim Berry '99, snatched first and second place out of 40 skiers in Saturday's 15-kilometer freestyle skate at Old Forge, N.Y.. Based on the last two weekends' performances, the men's team has become the team to beat.

Doering's incredible pace can be partially accredited to Berry's quick start, which caught the rest of the field off guard. Derek Southwell '01, frustrated by the sticky snow, captured a 14th place finish, followed by Andy Grimm '01, in 19th.

The women's race followed in stride as Jessi Kleiss '00, finished third in the women's 15K freestyle race. Frustrated by having to drop out of last weekend's competition due to a recovering broken ankle, Adrienne Slaughter '98 showed her competitive nature by rising to the challenge of the gruelling course. The snow was slow for the saturday skate, which made circling the 5K loop three times difficult.

The condition of Sunday's relay race was quite different from the previous day's as the snow was icy, fast, and well-groomed. The men's team of Berry, Southwell and Doering finished third overall. Doering, although skiing fast for the most part, looked completely exhausted by the last hill.

Since the women didn't have a full three person team, Kleiss and Slaughter joined coach Jessie Donavan for an unofficial third overall in the women's relay. The team has one more competition in New York this weekend, followed by regional and national competitions in March.