– In the first of five, weekly Minnesota collegiate alpine ski races of 2019, the St. Olaf College men's and women's alpine skiing teams won the Minnesota Governors Cup over the weekend at Welch Village Ski Area.
In the overall team competition, the St. Olaf women finished ahead of the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, while the men topped the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Michigan Tech University.
In Saturday's slalom, St. Olaf placed six of the top 13 women's finishers and 11 of the top 21 men's finishers. On the women's side, the Oles were led by senior Tisa Pavlovcic
in second, junior Allie Clark in third, first year Sheridan Westphal
in fifth, sophomore Skye Sonnega
in sixth, junior Ema Martinez
in 10th and junior Madison Valent
On the men's side, sophomore Zach Slaviero
recorded his first collegiate podium in second, followed closely by junior Alex Harris
in fourth, senior Ian Taylor
in fifth and senior Tobias Macedo
in sixth. Sophomore Marshall Quist
finished ninth, with senior Gunnar Nelson
(10th), sophomore Denver Link
(12th) and first year Sean Nolan
(13th) also in the top 15.
In Sunday's giant slalom competition, Oles made up seven of the top 18 finishers on the women's side, including Clarke in second, Pavlovcic in fourth, Westphal in fifth, Martinez in seventh, Sonnega in ninth, Valent in 12th and Anna Trenary
For the men, nine of the top 23 finishers were from St. Olaf, led by top-10 finishes by Harris (second), Slaviero (fourth), Taylor (ninth) and Link (10th). Also in the top 25 were Luke Everson
(12th), Macedo (13th), Nelson (18th), Nolan (19th) and Kieran Downs
St. Olaf competes in another USCSA race on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls.