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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2001

Stell 14th in NCAA slalom race Fairbanks shooter tops NCAAs

THE JUNEAU EMPIRE

Kevin Stell of Juneau wasn't able to make it two all-American finishes in a row at the NCAA Skiing Championships, as he took 14th place in Saturday's slalom race at Ripton, Vt.

Stell, a sophomore at the University of Colorado who finished fourth in Thursday's giant slalom race, needed to finish among the top 10 in the event to earn a second all-American honor. Stell's two-run time was 1 minute, 27.64 seconds.

Jernej Bukovec of Utah won the slalom with a time of 1:24.50, followed by Kyle Hildebrand of Bates in 1:25.22 and Colorado's Josh Nolting in 1:25.38. Utah's Petra Svet won the women's slalom in 1:28.76, followed by New Mexico's Marte Dolva in 1:28.82 and Colorado's Mia Cullman in 1:29.59.

Denver University repeated as the NCAA team champion, posting 649 points over the four-day competition. Vermont took second place with 605 points, followed by Colorado with 595.5 points and Utah with 590.5. University of Alaska Anchorage finished 10th with 284 points and UA Fairbanks was tied for 16th with 63 points.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FAIRBANKS -- University of Alaska Fairbanks sophomore Matt Emmons capped an incredible season by sweeping the individual titles Friday at the NCAA Rifle Championships at Ohio State University.

On Saturday, the Nanooks clinched their third straight NCAA team title and fourth in five years. UAF's four shooters in the team competition -- Emmons, Per Sandberg, Karl Olsson and Melissa Mulloy -- posted an aggregate score of 6,283 points, winning the smallbore rifle competition with 4,710 points and the air rifle competition with 1,573 points. Kentucky took second place overall with a 6,175 aggregate score, followed by West Virginia with 6,174.

Emmons and his UAF teammates dominated the competition on Friday as the Nanooks swept the top four positions in the smallbore competition. They placed all six of its qualifiers in the top 10.



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