Men's Skiing Claims Regional Crown
Feb. 24, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman Rush Hawkins (Shelburne, Mass.) won the Giant Slalom and placed second in the slalom to help lead the UMass men's ski team to a first place finish out of 16 teams at the USCSA Eastern Regionals held Sunday and Monday at Waterville Valley, N.H.
Hawkins won the GS placing first out of 70 competitors with a two-run time of 1:53.77, almost two seconds faster than the next participant who checked in with a time of 1:55.18. The win was his sixth of the season, fifth in the GS, and second consecutive on the year. Hawkins also placed second out of 73 competitors in the Slalom with a two-run time of 1:27.89. On the year, he has placed in the top-10 of every race he has finished.
Other notable performances in the slalom included the two-run time of senior captain David Pomeroy (Winthrop, Mass.) who placed sixth overall with a two-run time of 1:28.89 and the performance of sophomore Patrick Bachant (Hubbardston, Mass.) who placed 11th overall with a two-run time of 1:30.00. Individually, Hawkins is also ranked No. 1 in the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference having accumulated 180 points, while Pomeroy is ranked No. 8 with 62 points and Bachant No. 11 with 44 points.
In the GS, Pomeroy turned in a 12th place time of 1:58.46 while Bachant was right behind him finishing 13th with a two-run time of 1:58.61. As a team, the men's placed three skiers in the top-15 in both the slalom, and Giant Slalom. As a team, they finished third in the slalom while winning the GS.
On the women's side, freshman Jen Barranger (Lanesboro, Mass.) posted the best UMass finish in the slalom with a two-run time of 1:39.67 placing her 20th overall. Freshman Ashley Maxfield (Craftsbury Common, Vt.) placed 25th overall with a two-run time of 1:41.77. As a team, the women placed seventh in the slalom and third in the Giant Slalom for an overall finish of fifth place out of 15 teams.
In the GS, Maxfield placed third overall with a two-run time of 2:00.76, while sophomore Caitlin Doughty (North Quincy, Mass.) placed eighth with a two-run time of 2:03.71. Sophomore Shaleighne Collins (North Reading, Mass.) placed 15th overall with a two-run time of 2:05.14, while Barranger placed 17th overall with a two-run time of 2:05.41 to round out the UMass top times.
Individually, Maxfield is ranked No. 9 in the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference with 66 points, while Caitlin Doughty is ranked No. 17 with 32 points.
The men's and women's ski teams return to action this weekend, Mar. 27-28 with the NCAA Eastern Regionals at Middlebury, Vt.
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