Farmington, Maine - Seven University of Maine at Farmington student-athletes competed in the 2019 USCSA National Ski and Snowboard Championships at Jackson Hole, WY this past weekend. Among them were 4 Nordic racers, 2 Snowboard riders, and one freeskier. The sum of their performances netted a National Champion, a silver medal, two other top 10 finishes, three Scholar and four Athletic All-American honors in addition to other strong performances across the championship field.
USCSA All-American criteria for First Team is a top-five finish; Second Team is for finishers sixth through tenth place; and for Scholar All-American recognition the student-athlete must compete in a national championship event and have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
· Connor Dunn – 2nd Team All-American Men's Boardercross (7th place)
· Connor Dunn – 2nd Team All-American Men's Snowboard Slalom (8th place)
. Connor Dunn – 2nd Team All-American Men's Snowboard Giant Slalom (6th place)
Connor Dunn – 1st Team All-American Men's Snowboard Alpine Combined (5th Place)
· Whitney LeMay – 2nd Team All-American Women's Snowboard Cross (6th place)
· Whitney LeMay – 1st Team All-American Women's Snowboard Slalom (2nd place)
· Whitney LeMay – 1st Team All-American Women's Snowboard Giant Slalom (1st place)
Whitney LeMay – 1st Team All-American Women's Snowboard Alpine Combined (2nd Place)
· Whitney LeMay – Outdoor Recreation Business Administration (ORBA)
· Connor Marland – Biology
· Isaiah Reid – Secondary Education, Science
The USCSA National Championships were comprised of over 500 intercollegiate student-athletes in Alpine, Nordic, Snowboard, and Freeski from all over the country. UMF participants qualified through regional championships and/or other qualifying performances over the course of the season.
Student-athletes representing UMF in Nordic included: Jordan Fried, junior from Brookline, Mass.; Connor Marland, junior from Wrentham, Mass.; Isaiah Reid, sophomore from Kingfield, Maine; and Thomas Wing, junior from New Sharon, Maine.
With chilly mornings and sunny afternoons, the Beavers started the race week with a 7.5k classic race at the Trail Creek Nordic Center just outside of Jackson Hole, WY. Fast trails made for an interesting race day, as the Nordic Beavers got acclimated to higher altitudes.
On March 13th, The UMaine-Farmington Nordic team raced a 1.3K skate sprint in an overcast and slightly snowy day, which made for fast downhills.
Reid led the Beavers with a 29th-place finish to qualify for the quarterfinals with a time of 3:04.9. Fried finished in 33rd place followed by Wing with a 37th-place finish. Marland rounded out the Beavers with a 41st-place finish in a field of 54 contestants.
On day three of Nationals, the Beavers 15k skate race provided lots of laps. The Beavers stuck it out with their third race of the week and ended up with some strong finishes at the end.
Fried led the Beavers after finishing in 22nd place with a time of 40:47.70, followed by Wing producing a 29th-place finish and a time of 42:08.90. Reid took 33rd place with a time of 42:47.10, as Marland finished in 37th place in a field of 47 athletes.
The Beaver Nordies wrapped up Nationals with a respectable 11th place finish in the classic team relay sprints. The conditions were awesome with blue skis and fast snow.
SNOWBOARD / FREESKI
On Tuesday, Dunn made an impressive mark in men's boardercross event, finishing seventh out of a field of 51. Dunn made big strides managing the course after falling during his time trials to capture a top 10 finish.
On Wednesday, March 13th, LeMay's strong trial runs set the stage for a solid sixth-place finish in boardercross, earning her Second-Team All-American. Sam Scheff showed some impressive moves in the men's Rail Jam as well.
Thursday, March 14th, LeMay had a killer day in women's Snowboard Slalom, placing second and earning a podium spot and First-Team All-American honors. Dunn also did very well in men's Snowboard Slalom, placing 8th and earning Second-Team All-American. Sam Scheff competed in Slopestyle, and he laid down a solid line in his second run, finishing in the middle of the pack at the national event.
Saturday was the USCSA Championship finale and UMF went out in style. LeMay took first place in women's Snowboard Giant Slalom, making her the national champion! Dunn had another strong performance placing sixth in the competitive field. LeMay is UMF's second national champion in USCSA Snowboard GS, with Katie Keough being the first, back in 2011 and 2012.
LeMay and Dunn closed out Nationals after finishing second and fifth respectively in women's and men's snowboarding overall.
Congratulations to all these great athletes and the coaching staff (Lauren Olson-Nordic, Shawn Russell-Snowboard/Freeski) who represented the UMF Beavers at USCSA Nationals.