UMF men enjoy downhill success

UMF men enjoy downhill success

FARMINGTON, Maine -- The University of Maine at Farmington men's Alpine skiing team collected a pair of victories over the weekend.

The Beavers won the UMF Open Dual Slalom Saturday at Titcomb Mountain and earned a first-place finish at Mount Abram. UMF's 'A' team competition came against Brandeis University, University of Maine at Orono, University of Rhode Island, Springfield College, Tufts University and Yale University.

On the women's side, UMF turned in two second-place finishes with Yale picking up the victories in each event.

In the men's racing Saturday, UMF's Alex Rose (Fayette, Maine) was the overall winner with a two-run time of 1:07.22 with teammates Josh Cooley (Vassalboro, Maine), third at 1:10.16, and David Berthiaume (Allenstown, N.H.), eighth at 1:13.55, also getting into the top 10.

In the women's competition Saturday, Tufts' Chelsea Stevens claimed the victory with a finish of 1:13.16. Marisa Hanning (Hebron, Maine), in 12th at 1:22.32, was the Beavers' best finisher.

Times were not available from Sunday's Alpine competition.

With today's race canceled due to cold temperatures, the Alpine teams are off until Saturday with night racing at Titcomb at 5 p.m.

The UMF Nordic squads opened their seasons over the weekend at Titcomb with sprints on Saturday and a men's 7K and women's 5K on Sunday.

Silas Lunetta (Francestown, N.H.) was the Beavers' top male finisher, while Emily Harriman (Readfield, Maine) shined on the women's side.