Slemp and Perryman lead Knights to top slalom finishes at Clarkson Invitational
Monday, January 28, 2013 - 7:27 am

Lake Placid, NY – For the first time in three races and six total events, the Clarkson University Men’s Alpine Ski team was able to come out on top, led by junior Christian Perryman (West Lebanon, NH) and his first-place finish on Sunday at the Clarkson Invitational held at Whiteface Mountain.

The Golden Knights’ men took second among seven teams on Saturday and moved up one spot to claim the first positionFreshman Austin Florian - photo by David MongilloFreshman Austin Florian - photo by David Mongillo on Sunday, while the women came in fourth on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday, Perryman led the way with a first-place finish in 1:52.21, helping the Knights to a five-second victory overall. Freshman Sean Donohue (Bolton Landing, NY) was fourth in 1:54.88 and junior Chris Gero (St. Albans, VT) came in sixth in 1:55.31. Sophomore Alex Slemp (Clifton Park, NY) came in 12th in 1:57.16 on Sunday. On Saturday, Slemp placed first overall after two runs in 1:37.45, helping the Knights to their second-place showing. Perryman was fourth on the first day with a time of 1:38.81 and Gero came in 10th in 1:40.73. Freshman Austin Florian (Southington, CT) was Clarkson’s other scoring skier on Saturday, placing ninth in 1:40.70, just ahead of Gero.

The women had back-to-back fourth place finishes over the two days with freshmen Kelly Rowland (West Windsor, NJ) and Ashley Yoviene (Boston, NY) swapped spots as the top skiers. Rowland placed eighth on Saturday in 1:44.53 and then was 15th on Sunday in 2:03.99, while Yoviene placed 17th on Saturday (1:47.41) and 12th on Sunday (2:02.41). Freshman Taylor Manderson (Ballston Spa, NY) finished third each day for Clarkson, claiming 26th on Saturday (1:50.54) and 25th on Sunday (2:07.78). Rounding out the scorers for the Golden Knights was junior Sarah Shafer (Petoskey, MI), who took 29th on Saturday (1:51.98) and 32nd on Sunday (2:12.62).