Skiing Freezes Out Competition
Feb. 16, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman Ashley Maxfield (Craftsbury Common, Vt.) continued her dominance of the East Coast slopes as she won the Slalom and placed 12th in the Giant Slalom over the weekend. Placing first out of 52 competitors in the Slalom, she finished the event with a two-race time of 1:44.84 at the Saint Anselm Carnival held at Pat's Peak in Newbury, N.H. Maxfield, who was also named the Dinn Brothers / UMass Athlete of the Week on Feb. 11, remained undefeated on the season in the Slalom having won all five races this season.
Also faring well in the Slalom was sophomore Shaleighne Collins (North Reading, Mass.) who placed 11 with a two-run time of 1:49.32, and sophomore captain Erica Mains (Hudson, Mass.) who finished 21 with a two-run time of 1:55.60. Sophomore Lisbet Rauh (Princeton, Mass.) placed 25 with a two-run time of 1:58.44, while junior Alison Fischer (Midland Park, N.J.) placed 27 with a two-run time of 1:58.74 and freshman Christine Anderson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) rounded out a solid afternoon for the Minutewomen, who saw their top-five scorers place in the top-30, with a two-run time of 2:00.47 placing her 29 overall. As a team, the UMass women placed third as a team in the Slalom with 329.76 points.
In the Giant Slalom at the Colby-Sawyer Carnival held on Mount Sunapee in Henniker, N.H., Maxfield placed 12th out of 57 competitors with a two-run time of 2:01.11. Incidentally, it was her lowest finish of the season, but still good enough to help the Minutewomen to a fourth place showing as a team with 368.79 points.
Also turning in impressive times in the GS were Rauh, Mains and sophomore Caitlin Doughty (North Quincy, Mass.) who placed 16, 17, and 18 respectively with two-run times of 2:03.58, 2:04.10 and 2:04.49.
On the men's side of things, freshman Rush Hawkins (Shelburne, Mass.) won the Giant Slalom out of 67 competitors with a two-race time of 1:49.19, more than two seconds faster than the second-place finisher who checked in at 1:51.47. The win was Hawkins sixth first place finish out of nine races he has completed this year, and fourth victory in the GS. Sophomore Patrick Bachant (Hubbardston, Mass.) finished 11 overall with a two-run time of 1:54.55 and senior captain David Pomeroy (Winthrop, Mass.) who finished 13 overall with a two-run time of 1:54.65. As a team the men placed fourth in the GS with a score of 577.19.
In the slalom, Pomeroy turned in the top UMass performance with a sixth place finish out of 62 entrants with a two-race time of 1:40.08 while Hawkins was close behind with an eighth place finish time of 1:41.20. Bachant also placed among the top-15 with an 11 place finished time of 1:41.77 helping the men's team to a third place showing as a team with 519.08 points.
Individually, Hawkins leads the MacConnell Division in the men's individual standings with 197 net points, while Maxfield leads the women's individual leaderboard with 199 net points. As a team, the UMass women currently sit in first place out of 10 teams in the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference with 22 points, while the men are fifth out of 10 teams with 44 points.
UMass men's and women's skiing both return to action on Friday, Feb. 27 with the NCAA Eastern Regionals held at the Snow Bowl in Middlebury, Vt.
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