Feb 25, 2018
West Mountain, New York - The University of Maine at Farmington returned from Eastern Region Championships placing 6th overall out of 13 teams. The Alpine men missed qualifying to Nationals by 1 place and 4 points overall.
"This group of men have never been to the USCSA Eastern Regain Championship before, and for them to come within one place four points overall to qualifying to nationals shows their individual growth as well as the overall growth of our men's program. I am VERY proud of them."
Day one's competition of SL was on a beautiful sunny day at West Mountain NY. The men were led by freshman Axel Lindsay placing 21st with a time of 1:43.82. Following Lindsay was junior and captain Jedediah Stevens in 23rd place with a time of 1:55.43. Curtis Paradis rounded out the scoring men in a 24th place finish with a time of 1:56.09. Sophomores Kyle Farrington 25th and captain Michael Miller 35th finished the men's five skiers. Both Farrington and Miller had blistering runs but with minor bobbles kept them out of scoring range.
"The men left speed on the first run but made a massive move second run to place 6th overall as a team. Strong performances by ALL the men kept everyone's spirits high and the competitive drive at an all-time high."
Day two the men competed in GS at West Mountain NY on a challenging surface and in unfavorable weather. Rain and sleet challenged the men to push through and fins speed on a deteriorating hill. The men finished 8th out of 12 teams on Sunday.
The men were led by sophomore Kyle Farrington in 32nd place with a time of 1:48.80. Following Farrington was sophomore and captain Michael Miller in 33rd place with a time of 1:49.18 and rounding out the top 3 men was freshman Axel Lindsay in 34th place with a time of 1:49.20. Junior and captain Jedediah Stevens was 4th for UMF and 37th overall. Curtis Paradis led the men after 1st run with a 14th place, but came out of his ski in a rut as he charged onto the main pitch.
"The men looked for speed and pushed themselves in the GS. They knew they didnt ski to their true potential. Each had a lot to take away from as they continue to look to the future to improve and also celebrate how far they have come."
The men will look forward to continued training and USSA races into the spring.