Perryman and Yoviene pace Knights on Opening Day of USCSA Eastern Regionals
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Greenwood, ME – Junior Christian Perryman (West Lebanon, NH) of the Clarkson University Alpine Ski team had the top time in Saturday’s second run and finished third overall to help lead the Golden Knights’ men to a first-place finish in the USCSA Eastern Regionals at Mount Abram.

Clarkson’s men placed first among 13 squads with an aggregate time of 5:05.10, while the women took fifth among 13 teams with a collective scoring time of 5:32.25. The teams will compete again on Sunday for the chance to move on the USCSA Nationals in early March.

Perryman placed third overall among 64 skiers on Saturday with a time of 1:40.96, coming in fifth on his first run before pacing the field in the day’s second run in 48.91 seconds. Freshman Sean Donohue (Bolton Landing, NY) took fifth overall in 1:41.92 and senior David Simon (Montvale, NJ) had one of his top performances of the season by taking seventh overall in 1:42.22. Just outside the top three scorers for Clarkson, sophomore Alex Slemp (Clifton Park, NY) would have kept the Knights in the top spot if Donohue or Simon had faltered, taking 10th overall in 1:43.05, while junior Chris Gero (St. Albans, VT) placed 28th overall in 1:48.13.

For the women, Ashley Yoviene (Boston, NY) had her best showing of the season with a pair of consistent runs. The freshman placed eighth overall out of 60 skiers in 1:47.57, coming in ninth in her first run and eighth in the second. Classmate Taylor Manderson (Ballston Spa, NY) had the next best time for the Knights, coming down the slope in 1:51.79 overall to take 18th and sophomore Mycala Stebbins (Canandaigua, NY) finished two spots down the sheet in 1:52.89. Junior Sarah Shafer (Petoskey, MI) narrowly missed cracking Clarkson’s top three, coming in 22nd in 1:53.34. Freshman Kelly Rowland (West Windsor, NJ) did not finish her first run and therefore had an incomplete time.