Knights men's Alpine team win twice at Proctor to close out MacConnell Division season
Andover, NH – Finishing out the MacConnell Division regular season with a pair of slalom races, the Clarkson University Men's Alpine Ski team won two tightly contested races by less than a half second each time out as the Golden Knights vaulted back to the top of the conference standings at Proctor Ski Area.
The Golden Knights won the first slalom race by 0.49 seconds over second-place Babson and then once again edged the Beavers in the second race, this time by just 0.31 seconds. Clarkson's women placed sixth in both slalom races on Saturday. The league pushed up its second slalom race from Sunday due to a poor weather forecast.In the first slalom event of the day, freshman Thomas Daigle took second place among the 39 participants thanks to a pair of top-three runs for a time of 1:35.86. Three more Clarkson skiers finished in the top 10, led by senior Greg Murray, who came in sixth in 1:38.62. Junior Ryan Riley was one spot behind Murray in seventh in 1:38.93. Had Riley faltered, sophomore Andrew Yoviene's time of 1:39.41 (ninth place) still would have been enough to edge Babson. Junior Colden Mrak came in 11th in 1:42.39 and Griffin Curtis took 26th with a time of 1:59.76.
The second race for the Knights didn't have quite as much wiggle room. Riley jumped up to second place with two top-five runs, completing the race with a time of 1:39.02. Murray came in fourth in 1:39.20 and Yoviene took 10th in 1:40.85. Mrak repeated his first slalom placement by coming in 11th again in 1:43.13. Daigle enjoyed a solid first run with the third-fastest time, but slipped to 27th overall in 1:56.62.
For the women, junior Caroline Bonin took 12th in the first slalom event in 1:42.62 and then had the eighth-best showing in the second race with a time of 1:45.53. Sophomore Rhiannon Allison placed 20th (1:48.15) in the first slalom race and then came in 24th (1:56.56) in the second event (1:56.56). Senior Libby McCusker placed inside the top 30 twice, taking 24th (1:51.70) and 28th (1:59.85), respectively, and Kaitlyn Howley came in 33rd in the second slalom race with a time of 2:06.54.