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The Oregon State University – Cascades men’s alpine ski team has won the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association’s Northwest Collegiate Ski Conference. The final competition in the series took place February 11 and 12 at the Bogus Basin Resort in Idaho.
The students also achieved individual success. Business major Grant Hamlin, from Gresham, Ore., won the individual conference title for the season. Natural resources major Danny O’Neal, who is from Baker City, Ore., placed second. Fourth place was secured in a tie by Jack Botti of Bend and Cody Winters of Gresham, both business majors.
The wins secured a position for the alpine ski team, still a club sports team, at the USCSA 39th National Championships, where teams from colleges and universities in six regions throughout the country will compete.
The championships will take place March 5 to 11 at Mt. Bachelor in Bend. More than 500 collegiate athletes are anticipated.
The OSU-Cascades snow sports club formed in 2013, and includes Nordic and snowboarding teams, in addition to alpine.
About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s branch campus in Bend, Ore., features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and four graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism and outdoor leadership. The branch campus expanded to a four-year university in fall 2015; its new campus opened in fall 2016.