Men's, Women's Skiing Finishes Second At Plymouth State Carnival
Jan. 25, 2005
WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - The brother/sister duo of Rush and Eliza Hawkins (Shelburne, Mass.) led the University of Massachusetts men's and women's ski teams to second-place finishes at the Plymouth State Carnival on Saturday and Sunday.
The men finished just behind host-school Plymouth State. Colby/Sawyer College, Boston College, and Babson College rounded out the top-five team finishes.
The women finished second behind Brown University. Plymouth State, Colby/Sawyer College, and Boston College rounded out the top-five team finishes.
Rush Hawkins won his third race this season with his time of 1:28.17 on the slalom run. He just narrowly missed a perfect start to the season as he finished one-quarter of a second behind Topher Harlow of PSU (1:01.59).
Junior Marc Epstein (Carlisle Mass.), senior Pat Hofer (New Canaan, Conn.) and freshman Jason Small (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) rounded out the Minutemen's top-15 performers in the giant slalom race. Small finished fifth overall (1:03.15) followed by Epstein (11th, 1:03.87) and Hofer (15th, 1:04.16).
On the slalom course, Small again finished fifth (1:29.80) followed by junior Pat Bachant (Hubbardston, Mass.) who finished 12th in 1:33.25 and Hofer (15th, 1:33.82) to round out the top-15 performers for UMass.
In women's action, Eliza Hawkins earned her second giant slalom win of her collegiate career with her time of 1:05.22. She also competed in the slalom race, but did not finish the course.
The Minutewomen placed three other competitors in the top-10 of the giant slalom: junior Caitlin Doughty (Quincy, Mass.), junior Lisbet Rauh (Princeton, Mass.) and sophomore Shaleighne Collins (North Reading, Mass.).
Doughty posted her best time of the season in the event finishing fourth in 1:07.58. Rauh and Collins finished just behind in eighth (1:08.48) and 10th (1:08.70), respectively.
On the slalom course, Rauh was the only top-15 performer for the Minutewomen as she finished 11th in 1:41.79. After Hawkins was unable to finish the first run of the slalom, Doughty was not able to finish the second run knocking two of the top UMass competitors out of the race.
Both the men's and women's teams will return to action this Saturday and Sunday as they compete in the MIT Carnival and the Brown Carnival. The teams will run the slalom course at the MIT Carnival held at Tenny Mountain, N.H., while they will run the giant slalom course at the Brown Carnival held at Loon Mountain, N.H. on Sunday.
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