Mar. 13: St. Lawrence University first-year student Lindsay Cone and junior James Andersen competed in their final races of the 2009 season on Friday at the NCAA Championships at Sunday River in Bethel, ME. The skiers each competed in the slalom, with Cone earning ninth overall while Andersen claimed 28th place.
Fresh off her national championship-winning performance on Thursday in the Giant Slalom, Cone continued her solid skiing with a top-10 first run in the women's event. Her time of 52.55 set her up for her 13th top-10 finish of the season, as her second run time of 53.06 locked down ninth place out of 35 competitors.
Malin Hemmingsson of the University of New Mexico won the national championship in the women's slalom behind a combined time of 1:42.36.
Andersen put the finishing touches on his best collegiate season to date with a 28th place showing in the men's slalom. After a tough first run time of 1:05.73, the Putnam Valley, NY native battled back with a time of 50.90 in his second run. His combined time of 1:56.63 landed him in 28th position and earned 12.0 points for St. Lawrence in the team standings.
Colorado University's Gabriel Rivas earned the victory in the men's race with times of 47.77 and 48.92 (1:36.69).
The University of Vermont holds a narrow two-point lead over the University of Denver with only the Nordic races to be completed tomorrow. St. Lawrence is in 14th place out of 22 teams with 118.0 total points.