Skiing teams host Saint Anselm Carnival at Crotched Mountain

Skiing teams host Saint Anselm Carnival at Crotched Mountain

BENNINGTON, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's and women's skiing teams hosted the Saint Anselm Carnival at Crotched Mountain this weekend with Jill Murray's seventh-place finish in the women's giant slalom highlighting the Hawks' performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Results – Men's Slalom | Women's Slalom | Men's GS | Women's GS

In Saturday's slalom races, the men and women both placed sixth of nine teams. The women were 16 seconds behind first-place Brown and five behind fourth-place UConn. The men finished 10 seconds behind first-place UConn as the top-four were separated by around three seconds.

Leika Scott led the Hawks in the slalom, matching her best placement of the season by coming in 11th position (1:51.25). Her first-run time of 52.74 seconds was seventh in the field. Murray was also inside the top-20 finishers in 17th place (1:54.10), while Katherine Quinn (1:57.78) and Taylor Cudhea (1:58.52) placed in the top 30.

In the men's slalom, Luke Heald led Saint Anselm, finishing 13th (1:41.06) to match his second-best placement of the season. The freshman posted the fourth-best first run of day, crossing the line in 49.05 seconds. Benji Page was a little less than a second behind Heald in 17th (1:41.59), with Stephen McLeod (1:46.66) and Michael Mullaney (1:51.50) finishing 30th and 34th, respectively.

In the giant slalom on Sunday, the men placed fifth, nine seconds off the pace of first-place Clarkson, while the women were sixth, 11 seconds behind first-place Brown.

Murray finished 2.45 seconds off individual champion Ali Gunesch of Brown's pace, posting her best finish of the season by coming in seventh (2:03.21). Murray's two runs ranked seventh and 10th in the event as she put together her fourth-straight top-20 showing. Scott finished 18th (2:06.54) for the Hawks, while Katherine Quinn recorded her second-best finish of the season in 20th (2:07.39).

In the final giant slalom race of his career, Alex Gowen led the men by notching his fourth top-15 finish of the season, finishing 13th overall (1:59.94). He was followed by Heald, who placed 19th (2:00.76) to place inside the top 20 or the fourth time this season. Page (23rd, 2:01.55) and McLeod (28th, 2:02.83) also finished in the top 30 for the Hawks.

Saint Anselm competes at Blackwater/Proctor Ski Area in Andover, N.H. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-12 in its final preparation for the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19 at West Mountain in Queensbury, N.Y.

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