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Hawkins Leads Minutemen To Third Place Finish At USCSA Nationals
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Hawkins lead the Minutemen to their highest finish at the USCSA Nationals in program history

Hawkins lead the Minutemen to their highest finish at the USCSA Nationals in program history

March 14, 2005

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Sophomore phenom Rush Hawkins (Shelburne, Mass.) thrived at the USCSA Nationals this past weekend winning both the slalom and giant slalom, becoming the first American skier to sweep both events in over 10 years. Hawkins is the first UMass skier to qualify for the US Nationals where he will join the field of the top skiers in the nation including US Ski team member Daron Rahlves and current Overall World Cup Champion Bodie Miller. With the dual victories, Hawkins has won 12 of his last 14 races and all but wrapped up a 2005 USCSA First Team All-American nomination.

In the giant slalom, four Minutemen placed in the top 30. Joining Hawkins were junior Pat Bachant (Hubbardston, Mass.), freshman Jason Small (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) and senior Patrick Hoffer (New Canaan, Conn.) who finished 20th, 25th,and 29th respectively.

According to UMass head ski coach Ken Thoman, the Minutemen placed third overall at the nationals behind powerhouses Rocky Mountain College and Sierra Nevada. The third place finish was the highest finish for UMass at the USCSA Nationals in the program's history.

The UMass women's ski team also made the trip out to Idaho for the Nationals. Junior Caitlin Doughty (Quincy, Mass) was the top finisher in the giant slalom for the Minutewomen, placing 14th in a field of 89 skiers. The Minutewomen fared better in the slalom where three skiers cracked the upper third of the field. Freshman standout Eliza Hawkins (Shelburne, Mass.) lead the way with her 10th place finish, while teammates, junior Lisbet Rauh (Princeton, Mass.) and sophomore Shaleighne Collins (North Reading, Mass.), finished 30th and 31st respectively.



Official results for the overall standings and men's slalom were not available at the time of the release.

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