U.S. downhill champs crowned

March 30, 2010, 6:48 p.m. (ET)
BIG SKY, MT  – The 2010 U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships commenced on Monday at Big Sky with the men’s and women’s downhill. Chris Devlin-Young (Campton, NH; sit-ski), George Sansonetis (Fraser, CO; standing), Alana Nichols (Farmington, NM; sit-ski), Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, CO; standing) and Caitie Sarubbi (Brooklyn, NY; visually impaired) were crowned U.S. downhill champions. The race was originally scheduled to run on Tuesday, but due to weather race officials decided to hold the race after training Monday.

Devlin-Young racked up another U.S. champ title winning his classification by a little over a second. Sansonetis won the title for the men’s standing, also beating the field by over a second. 2010 Paralympic medalist Mark Bathum (Seattle, WA; visually impaired) did not start.

In the women’s race, 2010 four time Paralympic medalist Nichols added a U.S. championship title to her successful season, topping the women’s sitting field by nearly four seconds. Jones took the crown in her respective classification. Caitie Sarubbi won the title for the women’s visually impaired division.

There has been a change made to the 2010 U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championship schedule. The super G is now scheduled to race Tuesday, March 30. The GS and slalom are still scheduled for the Thursday and Friday.

U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships
Big Sky, MT
March 29, 2010

Men’s Sitting

1. Chris Devlin-Young, Campton, NH, 1:09.78
2. Tyler Walker, Franconia, NH, 1:10.87
3. Heath Calhoun, Clarksville, TN, 1:11.44
4. Carl Burnett, Winter Park, CO, 1:11.84
5. Erik Bayindirli, Deer Mountain, UT, 1:14.90

Men’s Standing

1. George Sansonetis, Fraser, CO, 1:13.56
2. Ralph Green, Vail, CO, 1:14.98
3. Ted Broderick, Amherst, NH, 1:17.45
4. John Whitney, Towson, MD, 1:18.04
5. Ian Jansing, Granby, CO, 1:24.24

Women’s Sitting

1. Alana Nichols, Farmington, NM, 1:10.63
2. Laurie Stephens, Wenham, MA, 1:14.17
3. Ricci Kilgore, Reno, NV, 1:19.50
4. Stephani Victor, Park City, UT, 1:22.72
5. Sylvie Fadronc, Basalt, CO, 1:40.73

Women’s Standing

1. Allison Jones, Colorado Springs, CO, 1:19.85
2. Amber Avery, Parker, CO, 2:39.58

Women’s Visually Impaired

1. Caitie Sarubbi, Brooklyn, NY, 1:37.03
2. Lindsay Ball, Benton, ME, 2:11.91