CMC ski team takes ninth

The Colorado Mountain College men's skiing team finished ninth out of 19 teams at the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association's National Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine.

It was CMC's first trip to the national championships in four years.

"It was notable that CMC, a two-year college, is competing against four-year schools whose programs can develop skiers over a longer timeframe," said CMC coach George Thomas.

The student-athletes on CMC's team had a few days after the March 1 through 6 nationals to catch up in classes before departing for the Regional Championships held March 15 and 16 in Aspen. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club sent athletes to the same competition, as well.

In the giant slalom Monday, Ben Reeder finished fifth, Marty Williams finished 18th and Erik Jorgensen finished 21st.

The three started in 37th, 72nd, and 67th, respectively.

In Tuesday's slalom, Reeder came in 10th, and Williams was 14th.

CMC returns to the slopes for the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series finals April 5 through 8 in Vail and Breckenridge. The collegiate skiers will wrap up their season at the annual Loveland Slalom Derby on April 17 and 18.

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