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UVM to host NCAAs

By Marty Basch
Globe Correspondent / March 3, 2011

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After dominating the carnival circuit to claim the Eastern Regional Championships, the University of Vermont is hosting next week’s 2011 NCAA Ski Championships in Stowe, Vt. The imposing Catamounts notched their fifth win during the last carnival of the season, capturing their first title since 2006.

Kevin Drury, a sophomore tapped for the national championships, claimed his third victory in four races as he won the men’s giant slalom in 2:26.65, inching Hig Roberts of Middlebury.

The Catamounts are also propelled by junior Caitlin Patterson, a strong force in women’s cross-country this season with seven victories, and three freshmen named Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Rookies of the Year — Kate Ryley (alpine), Scott Patterson (Nordic), and Jonathan Nordbotten (alpine).

The March 9-12 championships featuring the country’s top Division 1 racers are split between cross-country skiing at Trapp Family Lodge and alpine events at Stowe Mountain Resort.

The men’s 10-kilometer and women’s 5-kilometer freestyle cross-country races will be March 9. On March 11, the men’s 20- kilometer and women’s 15-kilometer classical races will be held. The 7.5-kilometer course takes up about 1 square kilometer of the trail network.

The men’s and women’s giant slaloms are slated for March 10, with slaloms for both on March 12 on Spruce Peak’s Main Street race course.

Other Eastern colleges represented include the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth, Bates, Middlebury, Colby, Williams, Harvard, St. Lawrence, and University of Maine-Presque Isle.

Vonn is back Having recovered from the effects of a concussion before last month’s World Championships, Lindsey Vonn won one race and placed second in another by just 4 hundredths of a second.

Yesterday on the Artico Di Prampero downhill track in Tarvisio Italy, Vonn was the fastest skier in the training run, more than half a second faster than Johanna Schnarf of Italy.

After her fifth place downhill result in Are Sweden last week — her best result in four years — Stacy Cook turned in a promising third place in yesterday’s training.

With one of the late-season competitions in Tarvisio over the weekend, Vonn could solidify her hold on the World Cup downhill standings by adding to her 520 points. Behind her is Germany’s Maria Reisch, with 417 points, though Reisch holds an overall lead over Vonn, 1,416 points to 1,240.

Developing story The Boston Ski Party — members of the National Brotherhood of Skiers — and non-profit Youth Enrichment Services (YES) are teaming up for YouthFest 2011 at Pats Peak in Henniker, N.H. The event, run tomorrow through Sunday, is designed to foster potential Olympians.

US Ski Team members Hannah Kearney, Julia Ford, and Alice McKennis are scheduled to attend the first YES Gala, a benefit for Boston youth, April 7 at EpiCenter, Artists for Humanity on 100 West 2d Street in South Boston.

For more information, go to www.yesgala.org.

Girls rule It’s Girls Day Out March 13 at Mount Snow’s Carinthia Parks, a freestyle clinic for female riders aged 12 and up. Beginners learn to ollie and ride switch while intermediates are taught to spin on small to medium jumps and boxes. Cost is $20 plus lift ticket. Sign up by March 9 to jtrimble@mountsnow.com . . . Skiing the scintillating Lynx trail at Wildcat is a rush, but what about doing it at least 48 times in one day? That’s the challenge to those who sign up for the annual Wildcat Mountain 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge March 14, a Make-a-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire and AbilityPlus Inc. fundraiser. The field is limited to 40 . . . The fourth annual Catamount Trail Race and Tour March 13 takes telemark skiers on a 17-kilometer challenge with a 2,300 foot vertical climb from Trapp Family Lodge over Bolton Mountain and then a 1,300 foot drop to the Bolton Valley Nordic Center . . . Clinics, demos, and races are all part of the packages at New England Telemark events at Mt. Abram (Sunday), the Balsams (March 12), and Bretton Woods (March 19).

Globe correspondent Tony Chamberlain contributed to this report.