Alpine Ski at Okemo Mountain
Thursday-Friday, January 10-11 | Ludlow, Vt. | 9:30 a.m.
• Babson's men's and women's alpine ski teams open MacConnell Division competition with two days of races at Okemo Mountain in southern Vermont. The Beavers and their league rivals begin with the giant slalom on Thursday and will take part in the slalom on Friday.
LAST TIME AT OKEMO
• The Babson women placed four skiers in the top eight on the way to a first-place finish, while the men came in third in the giant slalom at Okemo in the opening race of the year on January 11, 2018.
• Junior Elizabeth Baer came in third to lead the women's team, while junior Jack Blanchard and Douglas DeLuca placed third and fourth, respectively, for the Beavers on the men's side.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
• The Green and White returns a pair of skiers from a team that finished second in the MacConnell Division and a program-best fourth at the USCSA National Championships last winter.
• Baer won twice and posted nine top-five finishes in 10 league races before earning All-America honors in the slalom, GS and combined standings at nationals.
• Senior Olivia Burwell recorded six top-20 results and came in 18th in the MacConnell Division last winter.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
• The Beavers bring back four skiers after winning the slalom by four one-hundredths of a second and tying for first place in the combined standings at USCSA nationals last March.
• Although they came in fourth when the tie was broken, Blanchard and fellow junior MacIntyre Henderson finished second and third, respectively, in the combined standings and both earned a trio of All-America awards in Lake Placid.
• Fellow juniors Sean Robinson, a two-time all-league selection, and Eli Wolfson also return for the Green and White, which has made 11 straight national championship appearances.
• Following two years under the leadership of Sam Bensley, Joe Harty was hired in August and begins his fourth stint as Babson's head coach in 2019.
• A fixture with the Beavers' program since the late 1980's, Harty has previously led both the men and women to the USCSA National Championships.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• The Babson men have finished either second or third in the league standings in each of the last six seasons. They enter the year once again positioned to challenge Clarkson and Castleton, which came in third at nationals last winter.
• The Babson women have posted back-to-back league finishes for the first time since the mid-1990s and are hoping to challenge Castleton and Connecticut to claim their first league title since 1992.