Klem and Forshey lead Knights Nordic ski team to victory at USCSA Regionals
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 7:33 am

Jericho, VT - With a pair of victories and a second-place finish, senior Andrew Klem (Dalton, MA) helped lead the Clarkson University Nordic Ski team to place in the top spot at the USCSA Regionals held this past weekend at the Ethan Allen Biathlon Center.

The Golden Knights' men placed first among four squads with 22 points, while the women took first with 28 points. Clarkson will look to defend their USCSA National Championship next week in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Klem won the 8.5K Classic event in 23 minutes, 33 seconds, while freshman Eric Mallery (Webster, NY) came in second in 24:02, and junior Nick Marshall (Huntington, VT) rounded out the top three in 24:35. Senior Zach Russo (Fayston, VT) finished fourth for the Knights in 25:18.

The Knights' men also swept the top three spots in the 15K skate, with Klem again gaining the top spot in 43:38. Russo followed him in second 12 seconds later, while sophomore Adam Merkwan (Meredith, NH) placed third in 45:41.

The 1.5K Sprint was the only event in which the Knights did not claim the top three times, as Klem led the way for Clarkson in second place, and was followed by Russo in third, and Mallery in fifth.

The women were equally as dominant as freshman Ashley Forshey (Scotia, NY) posted a pair of wins and sophomore Olivia Dawson (Scottsville, NY) tied for the lowest individual score with a two runners-up finishes and a fourth-place showing. Forshey recorded her first win of the weekend in the 1.5K Sprint, and was followed by second-year skiers Dawson in second place and Taryn Dausman (Syracuse, NY) in fourth. In the 8.5K Classic, Dawson was the top performer for the Knights, taking fourth place in 32:34, while junior Erin Corrigan (Remsen, NY) came in fifth in 32:55 and was followed by Dausman in sixth with a time of 33:11.

In Sunday's 15K Skate, Forshey recorded her second victory, winning the lengthiest event in 55:06 with Dawson crossing the finish line 15 seconds later. Corrigan rounded out the top three with a time of 57:08.