Blanchard and Henderson Earn All-America Honors for Beavers
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Sophomore Jack Blanchard (Dover, Mass.) tied for fourth and classmate MacIntyre Henderson (Park City, Utah) placed sixth to help the Babson College men's alpine ski team finish fifth in the giant slalom at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships at Whiteface Mountain on Wednesday.
Clarkson finished first just 0.08 seconds ahead of second-place Sierra Nevada and 0.98 seconds better than defending national champion Rocky Mountain. The Beavers finished well ahead of sixth-place St. Olaf and just over two seconds in back of fourth-place Castleton.
Blanchard stood in seventh place after his first run and recorded the second fastest second run of the day to tie for fourth position along with Anton Waller of Sierra Nevada to earn the first All-America award of his career. Henderson, who picked up three All-America laurels at the 2017 national championships, picked up where he left by earning the fourth of his career after finishing just 0.11 seconds behind Blanchard and Waller.
Sophomore Eli Wolfson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) moved up nine spots with his final run to come in 45th overall, while senior John Boland (Waitsfield, Vt.) improved his position by 11 spots to place 51st on Wednesday. Sophomore Sean Robinson (Reno, Nev.), who was 29th after the opening run, was unable to complete his second trip down the course.
Babson returns to the slops on Friday when it competes in the slalom beginning at 9:30 a.m.