Skiers Maintain MacConnell Division Lead After Second Carnival

MT. CRANMORE, NH - One week after taking first and second in a pair of giant slalom races, the Bears took part in a pair of slalom races and continue to lead the MacConnell Division after the first two weekends of competition. Brown had a rough day on Friday, with the top two skiers on the team both crashing, as the Bears took sixth place. However, the team rebounded in Saturday's races, winning the team standings to jump back into first overall with two skiers in the top five finishers and a third in the top 20.

On Friday, Brown had a total time of 290.48 to finish in sixth place. Colby Sawyer won with a total time of 276.79, while Plymouth State was right behind in second with a total time of 277.26. Smith (283.34), Boston College (284.58), and UMass (288.08) rounded out the top-five. Individually, Brown was led by senior Elisa Handbury (Sydney, Australia), who took ninth with a total time of 1:34.11. Fresham Catherine Stewart (Stratton, VT) was second for the Bears, earning 11th place with a time of 1:34.68. Sophomore Kia Mosenthal (Plymouth, NH), normally a top-10 finisher for Brown, crashed during her second run, but still managed to finish in 31st, clocking in with a total time of 1:41.69. Her time of 42.97 in the first run was actually the second-fastest time for that run. Freshman Therice Morris (Raleigh, NC) also finished for the Bears, earning a time of 1:57.06 to place 47th.

Brown rebounded on Saturday, claiming the team title with a total time of 285.42, over a minute faster that Plymouth State, which finished second. Colby Sawyer (286.71), Boston College (287.38), and UMass (295.48) rounded out the top five. Mosenthal led Brown on Saturday, earning a two-run time of 1:33.48, while junior Krista Consiglio (Bethany, CT), who crashed on Friday and never finished, was right behind Mosenthal in fourth place with a two-run total of 1:33.75. Handbury rounded out Brown's top-three finishers, finishing in 20th with a two-run time of 1:38.19. Stewart took 25th overall and was fourth for the Bears, earning a total time of 1:38.98.

Following the weekend, Brown holds onto its division lead by one point. The Bears have 10 total points, while Colby Sawyer has 11. BC and Plymouth State are tied for third with 12 points.

Brown returns to action this weekend, January 23-24, when it takes part in the Plymouth State Carnival, to be held at Waterville Valley. Giant slalom races are slated for Saturday, while the slalom is scheduled for Sunday.