1954 NCAA Skiing Championships

The 1954 NCAA Skiing Championships were contested at the first annual NCAA-sanctioned ski tournament to determine the individual and team national champions of men's collegiate alpine and cross country skiing in the United States. This championships were held March 4–7 at Slide Mountain outside Reno, Nevada,[1][2] hosted by the University of Nevada.[3]

1954 NCAA Skiing Championships
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Tournament information
SportCollege skiing
LocationNevada Reno, Nevada
DatesMarch 4–7, 1954
Administrator(s)NCAA
Host(s)University of Nevada
Venue(s)Slide Mountain
Teams10
Number of
events
4 (5 titles)
Final positions
ChampionsDenver (1st title)
1st runners-upSeattle
2nd runners-upColorado
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Slide Mountain is located in the United States
Slide Mountain
Slide
Mountain
Location in the United States
Slide Mountain is located in Nevada
Slide Mountain
Slide Mountain
Location in Nevada

Denver finished ahead of Seattle to claim the team championship;[4][5] the Pioneers were coached by Willy Schaeffler. Nevada senior Pat Myers won the downhill, edging out Olympian Darrell Robison of Utah.[1][2]

Team scoringEdit

Rank Team Points
  Denver 384.0
  Seattle 349.6
  Colorado 348.6
4 Idaho 348.5
5 Wyoming 347.6
6 Utah 343.5
7 Washington State 338.0
8 Nevada (H) 302.6
9 Washington 290.0
10 Stanford 157.8
Source:[3][5]

Individual eventsEdit

Four events were held, which yielded five individual titles.

  • Thursday: Cross Country
  • Friday: Downhill
  • Saturday: Slalom
  • Sunday: Jumping
Event Champion
Skier Team Time/Score
Cross Country Marvin Crawford Denver 50:09.0
Downhill Pat Myers Nevada 1:46.40
Jumping Willis Olson Denver 213.3
Skimeister Marvin Crawford Denver 383.5
Slalom   John L’Orange Denver 2:07.90
Source:[1][2][4][5][6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Nevadan wins downhill in NCAA ski test". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). United Press. March 6, 1954. p. A6.
  2. ^ a b c "Cougars, Vandals trail in ski mix". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. March 7, 1954. p. 2, sports.
  3. ^ a b "NCAA Skiing Championships Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Bennyhoff, Robert (March 8, 1954). "Denver cops national ski tourney". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). United Press. p. B4.
  5. ^ a b c "Denver ski birds win NCAA jump; Vandals fourth". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. March 8, 1954. p. 8.
  6. ^ a b "Slatter Crawford paces Denver to NCAA lead". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. March 5, 1954. p. 11.
  7. ^ ""Norway's gift" captures slalom". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. March 7, 1954. p. 3, sports.

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