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Nordic Ski Team Wins Medals at Bennington

By Adrienne H. Slaughter
Team Alumnae

The Nordic Ski team traveled to Bennington, Vt. this weekend to participate in a series of races hosted by Yale University. The performance was spectacular, with a winning relay team and two individual medals.

The race on Saturday was a three by 5 km coed skate relay. The trails were crowded, but that did nothing to slow down the winning team of Jessica Kleiss '00, Derek Southwell '01, and Sam Coradetti '02. MIT also registered two unofficial teams, both of which also performed well but were uneligible for placing. Jeff Doering '99, Teresa Hung '02, and Tim Garnett '02 contributed to one team, while assistant coach Jessie Donavan joined the last with Karl McLetchie '02 to fill out a third entry.

Sunday morning came early and cold for the men's 10 km classic race. The crowd heated up as Sam Coradetti '02 chased a close competitor into the stadium for an exciting finish, surpassing the foe and capturing a second-place medal. In addition to Coradetti's medal, Derek Southwell '02, Jim Berry '99, Garnett, Jeff Doering '99, and Karm McLetchie '02 rounded out the men's team, bringing MIT to a first place team ranking.

Sunday also saw a 7 km classic race for the women. Again, the team did well, with Teresa Hung '02 winning her first collegiate medal with a third place ranking. Jessica Kleiss '00 also had a strong race, placing seventh. Unfortunately, the women were unable to qualify for team rankings.

This has been an amazing season for the Nordic ski team, and it promises to continue. This weekend the team will travel to upstate New York to compete in races sponsored by Cornell.