BEND, Ore. – Senior Alex Gowen and junior Benji Page earned All-American honors with top-15 finishes to lead the Saint Anselm College men's skiing team to fifth place in the slalom at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships at Mount Bachelor on Wednesday.
In just its second appearance at the national championship as a team and first since 2013, Saint Anselm placed fifth in the 20-team field with a combined time of 5:54.70. The Hawks finished behind Rocky Mountain College (5:35.57), Sierra Nevada College (5:38.18), Clarkson University (5:48.99) and Castleton University (5:54.27).
Gowen led the Hawks with a seventh-place finish with a two-run time of 1:53.07, the best individual finish with the team competing at nationals. The senior recorded the eighth-fastest second run in the field (57.87) after finishing 12th (55.20) in the first run.
Page posted consistent 13th-place finishes in each of his two runs to come in 14th overall (1:55.08). Stephen McLeod was Saint Anselm's third finisher in 38th position (2:06.55), while Michael Mullaney was 59th (2:24.96). Luke Heald was in 36th place after a 58.10 second time in his first run but lost a ski and did not finish the second run.
After a day off, Saint Anselm returns to the mountain on Friday, March 10 for the giant slalom.