Queensbury, NY - Junior Christian Perryman (West Lebanon, NH) claimed the top spot on Saturday and freshman Austin Florian (Southington, CT) came in second on Sunday to lead the Clarkson University Alpine Ski team on the final weekend of the USCSA regular season at the Babson Carnival held at West Mountain.
The Golden Knights' men finished first among the 11 teams in the giant slalom on Saturday and then came in fourth out of 10 teams on Sunday, while the women placed third out of 11 teams on Saturday and then finished fourth of 12 squads on Sunday. Both teams qualified for the post-season in the MacConnell Division and will move on to the USCSA Eastern Regionals next weekend.
On Saturday the Knights had their best performances, led by Perryman in first place among 69 skiers with a time of 1:42.01, including a sub-50 second time in his second run, the only one of the day. Freshman Sean Donohue (Bolton Landing, NY) came in third overall in 1:42.22 and junior Chris Gero (St. Albans, VT) took 15th in 1:45.17. Those threee times were key for the Knights as both freshman Alex Slemp (Clifton Park, NY) and senior David Simon (Montvale, NJ) did not finish both of their runs. On Clarkson's second squad, Austin Florian came in 23rd, Christian Avery (Lyme, NH) was 28th, Ian Williams (Fleischmanns, NY) took 30th, Eli Greenwald (Manhattan, NY) placed 38th, and Dalton Whaley (Queensbury, NY) crossed the line at 46th.
The women were consistent in their performance with freshman Ashley Yoviene (Boston, NY) leading the way in 10th place (out of 64 skiers) in 1:49.67. Classmate Kelly Rowland (West Windsor, NJ) took 14th in 1:50.42 and junior Sarah Shafer (Petoskey, MI) rounded out the top three for the Knights by taking 22nd in 1:52.40. Freshman Tayler Manderson (Ballston Spa, NY) finished just outside the scoring in 24th in 1:53.33 and sophomore Mycala Stebbins (Canandaigua, NY) finished in 32nd in 1:56.00.
On Sunday, both teams finished in fourth place. Florian paced both teams by taking second among the 69 skiers with a time of 1:39.38 and Perryman had his second top-10 finish of the weekend by coming in ninth in 1:40.88. David Simon rallied to place 26th in 1:44.79 and Donohue was just behind the upperclassmen in 28th. Alex Slemp finished in 45th. The second team was led by Avery (21st), Greenwald (27th), Gero (31st), Williams (35th) and Whaley (39th).
For the women, Yoviene topped the team for the second straight day in 11th place in 1:48.16, while Manderson jumped up to 13th in 1:48.65. Kelly Rowland also finished in the top 20 out of the 63 competitors, by taking 19th in 1:50.68. Sarah Shafer came in 36th in 2:09.41, while Stebbins did not finish both runs.