Saints' Durham eighth in Giant Clalom at Colby Carnival
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:05 pm

Senior Ashley-Kate Durham recorded her 16th collegiate top-10 finish on Friday, leading the St. Lawrence University alpine ski teams in the giant slalom at the 2013 Colby Carnival at Sugarloaf.

Durham raced in a total time of 1:47.54 behind a pair of top-10 runs, landing in eighth place overall. Her finish, combined with a third place showing in slalom previously this winter, puts her in strong position for an NCAA bid.

"(Durham) should be in great shape for the NCAA Championships today as she continues to work hard," said St. Lawrence head coach Willi Steinrotter. "Ann (West) also had a great showing coming off a knee injury that kept her out last season, and Ciar (Colgan) also turned in a solid performance."

West was 16th overall, her best finish since the 2011 Colby Carnival, while the rookie Colgan posted her career-best finish in 33rd place to cap the team's scoring. The trio combined for 72.0 points, good for sixth in the team standings.

Sophomore Maria Hillenbrand narrowly missed out on scoring for St. Lawrence in 35th place, while classmate Hannah Kadah followed in 37th. Sophomore Allison Visconti (DNF) also competed for the Scarlet and Brown in the women's GS.

On the men's side, senior Jeremy Lawless led the Saints in 23rd place overall in 1:43.82. Sophomore Graham Scott and rookie Nick Stenicka closed out the scoring in 29th and 35th place, respectively, as the trio was in seventh overall.

Junior Ben DeFlavio had a top-10 first run, but struggled in the second to finish in 40th overall, while Nick Scalia (44th) and Dustin Martin (DNF) also raced on Friday.

The University of Vermont swept the GS races at Colby, with Kate Ryley winning the individual women's title for the Catamounts as well. Middlebury standout David Donaldson continued his impressive skiing with a victory on the men's side.

The St. Lawrence alpine teams will complete the 2013 Colby Carnival tomorrow when the teams race in slalom.