March 9, 2010
Sunday River, ME - It took some time for the final results to be posted, but once they appeared, the final tallies were historic. The Clarkson University Alpine Ski teams provided the top finishes ever at the USCSA National Championships, with the men placing sixth and the women coming in 10th in the overall compeition.
The men came in sixth among 21 teams, a position they have reached previously in 1987 and 2007, tying for the best ever, while the women came in tied for 10th among 21 teams, topping their three previous appearances at the nationals.
The nationals began on Wednesday, March 3rd with the women placing 7th among 19 teams in the giant slalom, and the men competing on Thursday, placing 9th among 19 teams. Friday saw the women come in 14th among 21 teams in the slalom, and the men closed out the championships with a sixth-place finish out of 21 teams.
Sophomore Sophie LeBlanc (Cumberland, ME) paced the Knights in the giant slalom with a 26th-place showing with a time of 2:29.4 in her two runs. Classmate Jill Clevenger (LaGrangeville, NY) finished two spots after LeBlanc in 28th with a time of 2:29.7, and freshman Katherine Jondro (Waitsfield, VT) finished in 2:36.9 to come in 46th overall to round out the Knights scoring. Senior Emma Masur (Wayne, NJ) also took 72nd place among the 115 skiers, while junior Meghan Cleason (Canandaigua, NY) did not start her second run and therefore did not have a complete scoring time.
On Thursday, sophomore JP Phaneuf (Montreal, QUE) placed 22nd overall in the giant slalom with a time of 2:13.75 to lead the Golden Knights. Freshman David Simon (Montvale, NJ) came in 40th at 2:17.20 and sophomore Cedric Proteau-Dubois (Ste-Adele, QUE) was 48th in 2:17.97. Drew Bonner (Killington, VT) came in 70th among the 121 skiers, while John Bennett (Queensbury, NJ) did not finish his runs.
In the slalom on Friday, Meghan Cleason recovered to top the Clarkson skiers with a 47th place showing in a time of 2:02.97. Freshman Katherine Jondro took 50th place and sophomore Jill Clevenger, who had a first run that would have placed her among the top 30, ended up in 75th. Emma Masur came in 82nd, and Wednesday's top performer Sophie LeBlanc did not register a time as she did not finish her first run.
Saturday turned out to be a big day for the Knights' men as four finished in the top 42 spots. JP Phaneuf again paced Clarkson with a time of 1:49.76, coming in 17th and just missing All-American status, while teammate Cedric Proteau-Dubois was just behind in 20th and less than half a second behind Phaneuf. Bonner ended up in 38th, and sophomore Bill O'Connor (Mahopac, NY) took 42nd. David Simon rounded out the top five for Clarkson, coming in 80th overall among 118 skiers.