QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College ski programs had strong finishes at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Eastern Regional Championships this past weekend at West Mountain.
LINK: USCSA Results
The men's team placed 11th out of 15 teams competing but the women's squad placed fourth as a team, earning a spot at the USCSA National Championships to be held starting Tuesday, Mar. 6 at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Hawks return to the USCSA National Championships for the first time since the 2014-15 season. The men's skiing team qualified for nationals last season.
In Saturday's slalom, Leika Scott led the Hawks with a 13th place finish (1:57.79). After a 15th-place time in her first run, Scott rebounded to post the sixth-fastest time (54.81) in the day's second run to finish with 69.87 race points.
Taylor Cudhea and Emilie Brush finished 15th and 16th overall exiting the first day of competition, posting combined slalom times of 1:58.43 and 1:59.13. Katherine Quinn rounded out the Hawks finishers with a 22nd place combined time of just over two minutes.
Benji Page had the fastest time for the men's team, placing 20th in the slalom with a combined time of 1:52.64. He was closely followed by Alex Conrad and his time of 1:56.33, the 26th-fastest time on the day. Joe Wirth was the final Hawks finisher, placing 46th.
Cudhea posted a seventh place finish in the giant slalom action on Sunday, racing out to a fifth-place time on her first run (54.60) and finished with a combined time of 1:48.61. Scott's fast second run time of 53.59 got her into the top-10, finishing eighth in the crowded field.
Becca Stephens posted the eighth-fastest time on her second run (53.24), finishing 12th, and Brush combined for a time of 1:50.68 to place 20th. Quinn was fifth for Saint Anselm, placing 29th in the field of 56 finishers.
Page and Conrad were the only two Saint Anselm racers in the giant slalom. Page had the 11th-best time of the day on his first run (51.90) and settled for a time of 1:42.78 to finish 18th out of 65 skiers. Conrad saw an improvement on his second run and turned in a combined time of 1:50.83.