LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Babson College juniors Jack Blanchard (Dover, Mass.), MacIntyre Henderson (Park City, Utah) and Elizabeth Baer (Salt Lake City, Utah) all recorded a pair of podium finishes to help the men's and women's alpine skiing teams post their first victories of the season in the giant slalom at Whiteface Mountain over the weekend.
The men won the opening GS race of the weekend on Saturday and placed third on Sunday, while the women bounced back from Saturday's fifth-place showing to register a victory in Sunday's race.
Blanchard collected his first victory of the winter by edging out Henderson by 0.48 seconds in Saturday's giant slalom race. First-year Victor Wiacek (Douglaston, N.Y.) produced his top result of the season by coming in fourth, while junior Sean Robinson (Reno, Nev.) and classmate Eli Wolfson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) placed 12th and 19th, respectively.
On Sunday, Henderson led Blanchard by 0.20 seconds after the first run and was another tenth of a second faster his second time down the mountain to give the Beavers their second one-two finish of the weekend. Wolfson came in 14th, his top result through six races, while both Robinson and Wiacek were unable to complete their second run.
On the women's side, Bear recorded the first of two straight third-place finishes in Saturday's GS. First-year Julia Martin (Belmont, Mass.) backed her up with an eighth-place showing, but both sophomore Sarah Mangiacotti (South Londonderry, Vt.) and first-year Kendall Sargis (Duxbury, Mass.) were unable to finish a second run leaving the Green and White in fifth place.
Mangiacotti bounced back with two strong runs on Sunday to lead the Beavers to a team victory with her first career individual win. Baer once again came in third, while Martin placed seventh to match her top finish of the season. Sargis also produced her top result of the winter by coming in 26th overall.
Babson returns to action on Saturday morning when it travels to West Mountain in Queensbury, N.Y., for the first of two days of giant slalom competition.