BRISTOL, N.Y. – The Alfred University Alpine Skiing team fought through another weekend of tough skiing conditions, finishing 12thin the University of Rochester Crossover Invitational.
The Saxons finished 10th on the giant slalom and 12th on the slalom course for the 12th-place weekend finish. The weekend was a crossover meet, bringing both sides of the USCSA Mideast Regional together. In all, AU battled 13 other teams on Bristol Mountain.
Individually, Charles Hawkins (Goshen, N.Y./Goshen) increased his position from the first run to second run Saturday in Giant Slalom, going from 19th to 16th with a combined time of 2:08.24. On Sunday, due to tough conditions that also took out six other skiers, Hawkins DNF'd the first run, but stayed strong on the second run with a blistering time of 57.72 (11th place), holding his own against the region's best.
Charles Murphy (Hunter, N.Y./Hunter-Tannersville) led the way for the AU skiers in the Slalom course, finishing in the top half of the field in 30th place (2:28.34). He finished second among Saxon skiers in 32nd place (2:24.44). Both Mark Dilai (Webster, N.Y./Schroeder) and Everett Chandler (Sweet Springs, W. Va./Community (Va.)) finished their four runs unscathed. Dilai placed 42nd (2:50.32) in Giant Slalom, with Chandler right behind in 43rd (2:54.32). Dilai also edged Chandler on the Slalom course, with the competitors finishing in 35th (2:48.60) and 36th (3:01.05), respectively.
The Saxons will host the Alfred University Invitational on nearby Swain Mountain Feb. 8-9