Bak Takes 23rd to Pace Skiers in Slalom

News Release Date:
Saturday, March 6, 2010

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Junior Tim Bak placed 23rd -- finishing just one-half second out of 17th -- to lead the Whitman College alpine ski teams in the slalom event at the U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association National Championships at the Sunday River ski resort near Bethel, Maine.

            Tim Bak

The men's slalom, which took place today, saw Bak finish his two runs down the course in 1:50.26. He was in the middle of a pack that finished one second apart, filling the spots from 17 through 26 in a field of about 120 racers.

Polly Evans, a sophomore, had Whitman's best finish in the women's slalom, which was held Friday. Competing in a field of 115 skiers, she placed 33rd in 1:59.87.

       Polly Evans

Lexie Drechsel, a sophomore, finished close behind Evans, placing 38th in 2:00.89.

Torey Anderson, a third sophomore, completed Whitman's team score, placing 59th in 2:07.45.

Kendall Brown, skiing for Westminster College (Salt Lake City), won the women's slalom event with a time of 1:47.76. She and two of her teammates also took first in the team scoring with a total time of 327.41.

The Whitman women placed 11th with a total time of 368.21 seconds. 

The Missionary men finished in their team scoring with a total time of 357.84 seconds. Others contributing to that score were junior John David Davidson, who placed 44th in 1:59.41, and sophomore Nathan Ord, who was 63rd in 2:08.17.

Whitman sophomore Brad West and Chris Machesney were among the 15 skiers who fell or missed gates and did not finish their second runs. 

Westminster's Marc Perathoner won the men's slalom in 1:42.48, leading his squad to a first-place time in the team scoring of 313.63 seconds.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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