Knights open 2013 alpine ski season at Castleton Invitational
Monday, January 14, 2013 - 7:54 am

Killington, VT - Junior Christian Perryman (West Lebanon, NH) and freshman Austin Florian (Southington, CT) each posted a pair of top 10 finishes for the Clarkson University Alpine Ski team over the course of two days at the Castleton Invitational, held at Pico Mountain.

The Golden Knights' men placed second among eight teams on both days in the USCSA MacConnell Division, while the women took third of nine teams on Friday and placed fifth out of nine teams on Saturday.

Friday's results for the Knights were led by freshman Sean Donohue (Bolton Landing, NY), who finished in second place in the slalom in 1:03.17 in his two runs. Perryman came in eighth in 1:04.57 and Florian rounded out the scorers for the Knights in ninth in 1:05.03.

Even without the three top-10 finishes, Clarkson would have been in good shpape with three more skiers in the top 20 overall. Freshman Ian Williams (Fleischmanns, NY) came in 11th, sophomore Alex Slemp (Clifton Park, NY) took 16th, and freshman Christian Avery (Lyme, NH) came in 19th.

For the women, the top three teams had all of their top racers with close times, pushing the Knights down to third place despite three finishers in the top 11 spots. Freshman Taylor Manderson (Ballston Spa, NY) finished in a tie for seventh place in 1:18.32 and classmate Ashley Yoviene (Boston, NY) took ninth in 1:18.60. Narrowly behind was freshman Kelly Rowland (West Windsor, NJ), who came in 11th in 1:18.79.

Clarkson's remaining three skiers finished in the top half of all racers as well. Junior Sarah Shafer (Petoskey, MI) came in 16th, sophomore Mycala Stebbins (Canandaigua, NY) placed 24th, and sophomore Hailey Gilmore (Woodbury, CT) took 28th.

On Saturday, the Clarkson men had some tough luck to keep them out of first overall. Florian came in third overall in 1:15.54 and Perryman took fifth in 1:16.49, but a fall from Donohue, who was second on his first run down, in his second trip down the mountain pushed the Knights' men into second as Slemp was just outside the top 10 in 11th place with a time of 1:17.66. Avery (21st) and Eli Greenwald (Manhattan, NY) in 27th place also performed well on the second day of the event.

The women also endured some struggles on the second day with Shafer coming in 16th overall at the top performer with a time of 1:19.03. Yoviene followed in 17th, and Gilmore finished off the scoring in 28th place. Stebbins (44th), Rowland (52nd), and Manderson (58th), had their troubles as conditions became more difficult as the day wore on.