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Success For Ski Teams Continues: Men Take First For Second Consecutive Week
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Katie Weissman finished third on the Minutewomen in the Slalom.

Katie Weissman finished third on the Minutewomen in the Slalom.

Jan. 29, 2007

NEWBURY, N.H. - Both ski teams continued their solid seasons at the Colby/St. Anslem's Carnival. For the second consecutive weekend, the UMass men's ski team swept both races. In the Slalom, Rush Hawkins took first overall for the first time this season. Four other Minutemen joined him in the top 15. On Sunday, Jason Small paced the Minutemen in the Giant Slalom. The women's squad took sixth on both days. Junior Eliza Hawkins and Freshman Emily Shilletto continue to lead the way, as Shilletto was the top Minutewoman in the Slalom, while Hawkins led the way in the Giant Slalom.

The story of the weekend was the men's side. They have finished first in four consecutive races spanning the last two weeks. In the Slalom, senior Rush Hawkins led the way, first to cross the finish line with a time of 1:43.85. Jason Small was right behind him, finishing fourth (1:45.58). They were followed by Ian Hohmeister in ninth (1:48.31), Andrew Hawes in 13th (1:51.25), and Alex Zahoruiko in 15th (1:54.14). Travis Hopkins finished an impressive 18th overall (1:55.89), which would have placed on any other team who competed.

Sunday featured the Giant Slalom. Four Minutemen finished in the top ten. Junior Jason Small paced the men's squad with an impressive third overall finish (1:42.12). Right behind him was Rush Hawkins (1:42.85) who finished fourth overall. Ian Hohmeister finished in sixth (1:43.68), Alex Zahoruiko in 10th (1:44.50), and Andrew Hawes in 17th (1:46.20). Travis Hopkins, Paul Lewenberg, and Matthew Small all finished the race, but did not place.



While the men's side has Jason Small and Rush Hawkins, the women's side has Emily Shilletto and Eliza Hawkins. Shilletto, a freshman, continued her collegiate dominance. In the Slalom, she finished first on the Minutewomen, third overall with a time of 1:55.97. She was followed by Eliza Hawkins in fifth (1:56.46) and Katie Weissman in 38th (2:14.68). Lauren Levey, Maris Owczarski, and Amanda Lea also finished, but did not place in the top three.

The Giant Slalom proved much of the same. Eliza Hawkins led the way with a second overall finish (1:49.09). She was followed by Shilletto in third (1:50.05), and Emily Zimmerman in 45th (2:02.96). Lauren Levey and Amanda Lea also finished the race.

The Minutemen jumped into first overall in the conference standings. The women stand in fifth place. Both teams ski on Saturday at the Brown Carnival Slalom and on Sunday at the MIT Carnival Giant Slalom.

Updated Standings:

1. UMass
2. Boston College
3. Plymouth State
4. Colby Sawyer
5. MIT
6. Babson
7. St. Anslem
8. UConn
9. Brown Univ.

1. Colby Sawyer
2. Boston College
3. Plymouth State
4. Brown Univ.
5. UMass
6. Smith College
7. St. Anslem
8. Babson
9. UConn
10. MIT

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