Houghton’s Isabel Sharp wins 2 races at the USCSA

Isabel Sharp, of Cornell University, skis up a hill at Mount Van Hoevenberg Friday afternoon on her way to the USCSA women's 15K nordic classic skiing national championship. Sharp beat the second-place skier by 10 seconds. (Justin A. Levine/Enterprise photo)

Isabel Sharp, a 2014 Houghton High School graduate attending Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, won two Nordic ski races at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) national championships last week in Lake Placid, New York. Sharp won the women’s 7.5 kilometer freestyle and 15 km classic events, and added a fourth place in the classic sprint, to claim the overall individual title.

USCSA races are open to college ski teams that do not offer athletic scholarships, which differentiates them from the NCAA ski teams. Sharp serves as president and coach of the Cornell club team in addition to being their top skier.

Sharp will graduate with honors from Cornell in May with a B.S. in computer science, and minors in mathematics and linguistics, and has accepted a job with Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.