Ski Teams Conclude Eastern Regionals By Earning Berth To USCSA Nationals
Feb. 26, 2007
WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - The University of Massachusetts men's ski team concluded a tremendous weekend by qualifying for the USCSA Nationals to be held on March 7. The Minutemen finished in third in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom. In Saturday's Slalom, Rush Hawkins was the first Minuteman to cross the finish line, in fourth overall. Jason Small was the top finisher in the Giant Slalom. On the women's side, Eliza Hawkins was the top individual performer which earned her a trip to the nationals.
Senior Rush Hawkins was the first Minuteman to finish in Saturday's Slalom. He came in fourth overall with a combined time of 1:33.35. He was followed by Andrew Hawes in eighth (1:34.40) and Ian Hohmeister in 11th (1:35.40). Alex Zahoruiko also finished, but did not place.
Sunday's Giant Slalom brought the same finish. Junior Jason Small led UMass, finishing in fourth overall (2:09.66). Ian Hohmeister continued a tremendous stretch, placing for the second consecutive race. He finished in 17th with a time of 2:13.65 while Andrew Hawes came in 18th (2:14.33). Alex Zahoruiko finished an impressive 22nd (2:15.84), but did not place.
A year after winning the USCSA Individual National Championship, Eliza Hawkins has her eyes set on the same prize. Being the top finisher from a school whose whole team did not participate, she became eligible to compete in the nationals.
In the Slalom, Hawkins finished in 17th with a time of 1:44.86. She needed a good run on Sunday to have a chance. She came up big, finishing Sunday's Giant Slalom in fifth place overall (2:17.44).
The USCSA Nationals starts on March 7. The Minutemen will be looking for a USCSA national championship while Eliza Hawkins will compete for an individual title. Check back to www.umassathletics.com for a complete recap of the action.
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