SLU's Scott edges closer to NCAA bid, ninth at EISA make-up
St. Lawrence University first-year alpine skier Graham Scott vaulted himself into the mix for the 2012 NCAA Championships at Sunday's EISA Make-Up race held at Burke Mountain in East Burke, VT. The rookie posted his second ninth place finish of the season in the giant slalom race that was held because of a previous cancelation at the UNH Carnival.
Sunday's race was held for NCAA points only, as no team scoring took place. Scott raced in a combined time of 1:58.82 to match his career-best finish from the GS at UVM earlier this season.Two other St. Lawrence men's skiers placed in the top-25, including sophomore Nick Scalia who posted a new collegiate-best 21st place finish. The Queensbury, NY native was followed by rookie teammate Loudon Fruth in 22nd place.
Also representing the Scarlet and Brown in the men's GS were sophomore Dustin Martin (31st), first-year Myles Trainer (DNF) and senior Jeremy Lawless (DNF).
On the women's side, rookie Allison Visconti picked up her second straight impressive finish, racing in 2:07.40 for 22nd place to lead St. Lawrence. The Ridgefield, CT native was 13th on Saturday in the slalom at Dartmouth and earned her second straight top-25 showing.
Fellow first-year student Kelly Appenzeller posted her career-best finish in the GS on Sunday as well in 27th position, followed by senior Mackenzie Irwin in 30th place. Rookie Maria Hillenbrand (42nd), sophomore Caroline Barry (DNF) and junior Ashley-Kate Durham (DNQ) also raced for the Saints.
The University of New Hampshire's Marie-Elaine Lepine won the women's GS, while Dartmouth's Ben Morse earned the men's title.
Both St. Lawrence alpine teams will be in action this weekend, Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18 at the 2012 Williams Carnival at Jiminy Peak.