Knights downhill take first at St. Anselm Invitational
Monday, February 3, 2014 - 10:56 pm

Bennington, NH - Sophomore Sean Donohue (Bolton Landing, NY) posted a pair of top-five finishes over the weekend as the Clarkson University Men's Alpine Ski team took first place on both Saturday and Sunday at the St. Anselm Invitational held at Crotched Mountain.

On Saturday, the Golden Knights' men finished first out of 12 teams and the women took fourth out of 11 squads. On Sunday, the men repeated with another first-place showing, this time out of 14 teams, while the women settled for seven among 14 teams.

Among 68 skiers on Saturday, Donohue was the leader for the Golden Knights, placing third with a two-run time of 1:43.92. Freshman Hayes Lowth (Meredith, NH) was two seconds behind in seventh place for Clarkson with a time of 1:45.93 while junior Alex Slemp (Clifton Park, NY) rounded out the scoring times for the Knights with a 12-place showing of 1:48.73. Sophomore Austin Florian (Southington, CT) and classmate Christian Avery (Lyme, NH) finished in 17th and 26th place, respectively. Clarkson's second squad was led by sophomore Ian Williams (Fleischmanns, NY), who came in 29th, freshman Bryce Recer (Ballston Spa, NY), who took 35th, and sophomore Eli Greenwald (Manhattan, NY), who placed 39th.

The women placed three in the top 15 among 63 skiers on Saturday, led by sophomore Taylor Manderson (Ballston Spa, NY). Manderson came in 10th in 1:53.52 and was closely followed by senior Sarah Shafer (Petoskey, MI), who came in 13th with a time of 1:54.36. Freshman Kara Van Herwarde (Killington, VT) kept the Knights close to the top of the leaderboards with a 15th-place finish with a time of 1:54.65. Sophomore Ashley Yoviene (Boston, NY) placed 26th in 2:02.36 while freshman Sierra Spring (Saratoga Springs, NY) was in the top 40 after her first run but did not complete a second time down the mountain.

On Sunday, the women placed four in the top half of the 69 skiers, but finished seventh out of 14 teams. Manderson took 16th place as the top performer for the Knights, racing to a time of 2:11.33. Van Herwarde was 23rd in 2:13.01 and Shafer was 29th in 2:14.58. Sophomore Kelly Rowland (West Windsor, NJ) took 33rd in 2:16.58 while Yoviene did not finish.

The men had better luck for Clarkson on Sunday, with Lowth winning for the third time in his last four races with a time of 2:02.49. Donohue came in fifth in 2:04.22 and Slemp once again rounded out the scoring in 13th place in 2:06.61. Austin Florian took 15th and Avery placed 28th to round out Clarkson's top five. Williams finished in the middle of the pack of the 74 skiers on Sunday, taking 37th.