Vermont Chamber President Chris Barbieri announced that Christopher Fogg has been named the new Vermont Chamber Vice President of Travel and Tourism.Formerly the Director of Marketing for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fogg has lengthy sales and marketing experience. He has worked with the Vermont Convention Bureau, the Burlington Free Press, and . in Boston.Fogg has an Associate Degree in business administration from North Shore Community College in Danvers, Massachusetts. He assumed his position with the Vermont Chamber in March 2003.Fogg replaces Sue Kruthers, who vacated her position to become the Vermont Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs.
On your mark … get set … bang!That’s how the Badger women’s cross country team finished up this past weekend at the Paul Short Invitational.”The goal of the meet, for me, was to try and keep our top group of runners together as much as possible and pull everyone along throughout the race,” said Katrina Rundhaug, a senior who ran for the first time this season at the Paul Short Invite.This strategy must have worked, because the Badgers finished second at the invite.This week, the B-team will try to match the success of the A-team, as the girls prepare for the Ripon Invitational Saturday.”I am confident that the girls will all run well,” Rundhaug said. “They have all been working hard at practice and are ready to race again.”The rest of the team will be continuing to prepare for the upcoming pre-NCAA Invitational in Indiana the following weekend.”Some of the girls from the team will be attending the meet to support the team because we are close like that,” junior Ann Detmer said. “Plus, cross country meets have such a great atmosphere.”This weekend’s meet is very important for the girls participating in it, according to Rundhaug.”For those runners who are on the bubble for making the Pre-Nat’s team, this meet is important,” Rundhaug said. “This weekend’s invitational will determine who will get to take the last few spots of the 12 spots open for the Pre-Nat’s team.”The girls on the B-team will not be alone this weekend; they will be joined by some of their other running mates.”Some of the girls running at pre-NCAA’s, myself included, will be running this weekend,” Detmer said. “Just to get another race under our belts.”After this weekend’s meet, the women’s cross country team will begin its preparation for the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championship.Members of the squad said the last four meets of the season will be hugely important for the team.”I think we’re all pretty excited about competing against some talented Big Ten teams,” freshman Maggie Hippman said.Wisconsin is joined by other Big Ten teams in the national polls, including No. 2 Michigan, No. 8 Iowa, No. 17 Illinois, No. 19 Minnesota, No. 22 Michigan State and No. 30 Indiana.Going into this week, the Badgers are ranked 10th in the US Track and Field Coaches Association Poll.When asked if this ranking would affect performances, Hippman said, “It’s nice to be recognized in the rankings, but we don’t pay too much attention to them since things can change very quickly. People can have bad races or get injured. Cross country isn’t all that predictable.”Rundhaug contributed to this sentiment, saying the team knows they have to keep up the hard work in order to maintain the high ranking.”Being ranked in the top 10 does seem to put a bit of pressure on us. We know that the rankings don’t always mean much, but getting a lot of votes saying we are a top 10 team in the nation is awesome,” Rundhaug said. “However, it’s one thing to see it on paper and a whole different one to actually be in the top 10 at Nationals in November.”Other teams in the top 10 rankings include Stanford, Colorado, Arkansas and Princeton.”We want to prove it to everyone that we deserve to be ranked high and that we truly are a top 10 team in the nation,” Rundhaug said.After the Ripon Invitational this weekend, the girls will get the chance to do just that in the pre-NCAA invite.”Our goal is to prove it at Nationals,” Rundhaug said, “I am confident that we can.”