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Stasko, Palola win top ski honors at Labrador
2/20/12

TRUXTON, NY - Alfred University sophomore Mike Stasko (Batavia, NY/National Sports Academy) and freshman Aniken Palola (Huntington, VT/Mt. Mansfield) swept top individual honors at the Binghamton-Albany-hosted Alpine ski races Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, at Labrador Mountain.

Palola won Saturday’s giant slalom and took second in Sunday’s slalom to finish first in the combined standings and lead the AU women’s team to a first-place overall finish out of nine teams competing on the weekend. The Alfred women took fourth in the GS and won the slalom races. Stasko was second in both the giant slalom and slalom en route to earning top individual honors for the men. The Saxons placed fourth in both the GS and slalom to finish third of nine teams overall.

For the AU women, sophomore Rebecca Spitz (Sterling, VA/Potomac Falls) was 10th in the slalom and 12th in the GS; junior Claire Dvorak (Tully, NY/Tully) was 16th in the slalom and 18th in the giant slalom; freshman Haley Alexander (Warsaw, NY/Warsaw) was 29th in the GS and 28th in the slalom; and junior Ashley Frazell (Andover, NJ/Newton) was 27th in the giant slalom and 29th in the slalom.

For the AU men, senior Ryan Nanni (Batavia, NY/Batavia) was 16th in the GS and 22nd in the slalom; freshman Jeremy Osak (Warwick, NY/Warwick Valley) was 19th in the giant slalom and 14th in the slalom; senior Luke Masi (North Jersey, NJ/Jefferson Township) was 27th in the giant slalom; senior Andrew Jacobs (Hillsdale, NJ/Pascack Valley) was 27th in the slalom; and sophomore Bob Celino (Bath, NY/Haverling) was 42nd in the GS.

Alfred’s men’s and women’s teams each finished seventh of 17 teams in the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) Mideast Conference final standings. Stasko finished fifth overall in the conference men’s individual standings and Palola was ninth in the conference’s final women’s individual standings; both earn all-comnference honors, Stasko for a second straight season.

Both AU teams will now move on to compete in the first round of the USCSA national championships, Saturday, Feb. 25 (giant slalom) and Sunday, Feb. 26 (slalom) at Bristol Mountain. The top three teams from first-round competition, plus one individual male and female skier, advance to the USCSA national championships March 5-7 in Sunday River, ME.