Western Mountain Sports Athletes Win Medals in Lake Placid

Western's Mountain Sports team
Western sent 14 Mountain Sports athletes to the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. They brought back 17 medals.
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Freshman freestyle skier Miranda Holson took first place in the Rail Jam and second in Overall Combined. Although she was the only the woman freestyle skier competing for Western, her success – including fourth in Slopestyle, fifth in Quarter Pipe and seventh in Skier Cross – supplied enough points to give Western third in Overall Combined Team.

The Western men, led by Morgan Haymans’ second-place finish in Skier Cross, took second in the Freestyle Overall Combined Team. Matthew Martell and Connor Michael, finishing seventh and eighth respectively, supported the Western team’s first place in the Skier Cross. Western’s men and women both took third in the Quarter-Pipe Team and Slopestyle Team ski competitions.

Hunter Knoll led Western’s snowboarders with first place in the men’s Rail Jam and second in Slopestyle. The men’s team finished third in Overall Combined, third in Quarter Pipe and second in Slopestyle, with fourth-place finishes in Rail Jam and Snowboard Cross.

In Nordic skiing competition, Western’s women placed sixth in both the Sprint and 15K Classic events. Freshman Nordic sensation Samantha "Bob" Maddox held her own in her first National Championships. She finished in the top 10 in three of her four events.

All said and done, 14 athletes competed in 16 different events, reaching the podium 17 times. Western also had 17 team and 24 individual finishes in the top 10. And six of the athletes brought home Academic All American honors!

To learn more about the trip to Nationals and Western's Mountain Sports Program, please check out the Mountain Sports website.

Below is the full Nationals Roster.


  • Edward Dujardin
  • David Sugnet
  • Christopher Lange


  • Kyle Spaulding
  • Taylor Ahearn
  • Mason Strehl


  • Elizabeth Atkins
  • Justin Barr
  • Samantha Maddox
  • Shelbie Ralston
  • Robin Weiss


  • Andrew Arnold
  • Hunter Knoll
  • Grady Shoop

Freestyle Ski:

  • Morgan Haymans
  • Miranda Holson
  • Matthew Martell
  • Connor Michael
  • Dominick Pucherelli
  • Matthew Saehrig

​​Photograph and story by Greg Smith, from reporting by Mountain Sports Media.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 5:15pm