U.S. Alpine Speed Championships
National Downhill Results
Cochran-Siegle, Merryweather win downhill titles
Fan favorite Sam Morse finishes in fifth place.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, MAINE -The first-ever US Alpine Speed Championships kicked off today at Sugarloaf, with clear sunny skies and temperatures in the thirties.
Following a third place finish in the NORAM Championship race this morning, Ryan Cochran-Siegle of Stocksboro VT claimed the men's national downhill title, by narrowly edging out teammates Thomas Biesmeyer and Jarred Goldberg, with a time of 1:07.53.
On the women's side, Alice Merryweather of Hingham MA earned her first National Championship title, with a time of with a time of 1:10.61. Keely Cashman and AJ Hurt rounded out the podium with one-run times of 1:10.92 and 1:11.18, respectively.
Hometown hero Sam Morse finished in fifth place with a time of 1:08.07.
As the country's most prestigious domestic alpine ski racing event, the US Alpine Championships give up-and-coming athletes looking to advance their position on the U.S. Ski Team a chance to face off against A-Team stars.
This is the seventh time Sugarloaf has played host to the championships, having previously done so in 1996, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2015, and 2017.
This year marks the first time that the U.S. Alpine Championships have split speed and technical disciplines into separate events at different mountains. National championships in technical events will be awarded at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Waterville Valley, NH, March 23-26, 2019
Racing resumes on at 10:45am on Wednesday, with the women's and men's Super-G.
For more information and a complete schedule for the US Alpine Championships, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/usalpine.
About Sugarloaf - Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East, as well as the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.