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Schoepke third American finisher, has top 10 second run at NCAA meet

STOWE, Vt. -- Colby College's Sandy Schoepke (Stowe, Vt.) had a top-10 second run and a solid opening run to finish 15th in the giant slalom at the NCAA Division I Alpine Skiing Championships on Thursday at Stowe Mountain Resort.

Schoepke finished in a two-run total time of 2 minutes, 4.03 seconds, while Colby teammate Rosie Hust (pictured) placed 29th with a time of 2:08.95. Schoepke was seeded 24th heading into the race. She and Hust are just two of six American skiers in the field of 34.
 
"Sandy skied a solid first run on a basic course set, but it was her second run that showed she belongs in the top class of all NCAA skiing," Colby head coach Danny Noyes said. "She was the third American finisher with a field full of foreign athletes on scholarships. Believing you belong is the first step and then proving you belong is the next. A top-10 finish on the second run normally generates more movement up the finish list, but we are all really excited about a top-15 finish for her." 

After the opening run, Schoepke was in 18th place with a time of 1:00.23. She had the 10th-fastest time of 1:03.80 on her second run. Schoepke was eighth among Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) competitors.
 
Hust, the fourth American finisher, had runs of 1:02.71 and 1:06.24 to take 29th place in the GS for the second year in a row. She and Schoepke will both compete in the slalom on Saturday. 
 
"Rosie had a great day too as the 12th EISA skier," Noyes said. "We’re happy with how GS is progressing, but extremely excited to turn the page to focus on slalom."
 
During the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season, Schoepke had five finishes in the top 10 and eight total in the top 15. She had five of the eight in the giant slalom.
 
Hust, who has had seven top-10 finishes in the slalom the past two years, received some important NCAA experience a year ago and was eighth in last year's slalom after the opening run.
 
Colby's alpine and Nordic teams have combined to place 13th with 43 points after two days of competition. The Nordic skiers race again Friday.