Björk and Rose each take first in Mount Abram GS races

GREENWOOD, Maine – For the second time in as many days, University of Maine at Farmington freshman Maria Bjoerk (Falun, Sweden) captured an individual first place – this time, winning Sunday's USCSA Thompson Division giant slalom at the Mount Abram ski area.

Alex Rose (Fayette, Maine) matched the feat in the men's GS, leading the Beavers to a first place team finish.

Rose posted a combined time of 1:54.16, besting his nearest "A" competitor by seven seconds. Josh Cooley (Vassalboro, Maine) finished ninth among "A" racers with a time of 2:05.49, while David Berthiaume (Allentown, N.H.) placed just outside the top ten with an 11th place finish in a time of 2:06.04.

Those times allowed the UMaine-Farmington men to win the team event with a total time of 6:05.69, finishing ahead of WPI (6:08.55), Tufts (6:11.23), Boston University (6:28.03), and UMaine (7:50.01).

Bjoerk posted a combined time of 2:00.19, over seven seconds better than her nearest competitor and finishing first in each of her two runs.

Meghan Donovan (Westborough, Mass.) was 14th among the "A" competitors with a combined time of 2:31.33. Both Lindsay Jacques (Jay, Maine), who was third overall in her first run, and Natalie Dumont (Skowhegan, Maine), who was 27th, did not complete their respective second runs on the course.

That forced the UMF women to use the ghost time of 2:51.07, giving the Beavers a fourth place finish with a team time of 7:22.59.

Tufts won the team event with a total time of 6:34.49, with WPI (6:46.87) and Boston University (7:20.44) finished second and third respectively. UMaine (8:09.91) trailed UMF in fifth place.

UMaine-Farmington hosts an open slalom race at Titcomb Mountain in West Farmington on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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