Evan, Machesney Pace Whit Skiers in GS

News Release Date:
Thursday, March 4, 2010

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Sophomores Polly Evans and Chris Machesney paced the Whitman College alpine ski teams as the U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association National Championships got underway with giant slalom races Wednesday and Thursday at the Sunday River ski resort near Bethel, Maine.

The women raced on Wednesday with Evans placing 27th in a huge field of nearly 120 skiers. She finished her two runs down the hill in 2:29.50.

    Chris Machesney
       Polly Evans

Two more sophomores, Lexie Drechsel and Torey Anderson, rounded out Whitman's team score. Drechsel was 41st in 2:35.76 while Anderson was 55th in 2:40.43.

Kristin Leggett, skiing for Vermont's Castleton State College, won the giant slalom event with a time of 2:22.33.

Westminster College (Salt Lake City) won the women's team scoring with a total of 431.69 seconds for its top three finishers. Whitman was 11th with a total time of 465.69 seconds. 

In the men's event Thursday, Machesney placed 30th in a field that topped 120 skiers. His time for two runs was 2:15.61. Sophomore Brad West was 46th in 2:17.79 while junior Tim Bak was 50th in 2:18.83. 

After posting Whitman's best time on his first run, sophomore Nathan Ord had trouble on his second run and finished 74th in 2:27.51. John David Davidson, a junior, failed to finish his first run to drop from the competition.

Philip Brattstrom, skiing for Sierra Nevada College, won the men's race in 2:07.78. He and his teammates also took first in the team scoring with a time of 388.18 seconds.

Whitman's top three men clocked a team score of 412.23 seconds, placing 10th.

The alpine portion of the national championships continues with slalom races for the women on Friday and for the men on Saturday.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu