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Boardman wins second run at U.S. Alpine Championships

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine -- Colby College's Michael Boardman capped off a successful few days for Mule skiers by winning the second run at the U.S. Alpine Championships on Tuesday at Sugarloaf.

Boardman (pictured right) had a starting bib of 33 and was in 21st place after his opening run of 1:12.73. His second trip down the hill beat all competitors, with a blazing 1:08.82 to move him up to a 12th-place finish in 2:21.55.
 

"His second run inspection was very relaxed and focused on where he could ski better," said Danny Noyes, Colby's head alpine ski coach. "The track held up really well, so it wasn't one of those times where the guys running early had a huge advantage. His experience on the hill certainly helped, but it was the combination of comfort on the hill and skill that made him the best to run that course."

Colby teammate Max Richard (pictured below) also skied well, finishing 27th in 2:25.87 (1:13.76, 1:12.11). Richard was starting 60th on the day. 
 

Boardman and Richard teamed with Colby women's skiers Mardi Haskell, Jessica Reinhart, Sandra Schoepke, and Lexi Hanus to help the Eastern Region win The Regions Cup for the first time in 20 years. The Regions Cup is a calculated score between the three regions (Eastern, Rocky/Central, and West). 

"Our Colby skiers played a huge part in that finish," Noyes said. "We had 10 results in the top 30, which is the skiers who score points. Six of those were in the top 20 and three were in the top 15."


Hig Roberts, the brother of Colby graduate and alpine skier Cassady Roberts '13, won the giant slalom title. He was third after the opening run and stayed consistent with a fourth-place second run. 

 
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