Killington Mountain School's Alpine athletes have put all their hard work training to good use over the past couple of weeks, with strong performances at States and at a variety of SL and GS events.
For the U16 girls, Izzy Jenne, Francesca Castellini, and Anja Kroon made Easterns, and Honor Brogden and Lizzie Degraw made Finals.
In the State races, Izzy took third in the GS and sixth in the SL.
At the boys' U16 States, Tanner Graves took third overall and qualified for Eastern Championships.
SL Graves 2 Fryer 11 Hoffman 31 Maiden 33
GS Graves 7 Maiden 11 Schultz 20 Hoffman 29 Sell 48 (cut bib in half)
Eastern's Qualifiers Fryer, Graves, Maiden, Schultz
Finals Qualifiers Hoffmann, Bianchi (alternate)
U12 Stubby SL at Suicide Six 2/26/17:
Shelby Graves took second and Megan Bianchi was fifth. For the boys Albert Preisler took the win and Connor Roy finished in 3rd place. In addition, Killington once again took home the boot!
Helen Bruno shared this update: "The U12 team may have started the day yawning but quickly snapped into gears once they suited and booted up for the days completion. Training on challenging Killington terrain prepared the athletes for the FACE at Suicide 6. Again the team took home the “Boot” with 7 athletes making the podium! However there were several incredible runs demonstrating success happens in many ways. Maddix Webster smoked his first run after leaving one pole at the start to come in fourth and was crushing the second run before a straddle. Brice Mueller was the opposite, struggled the first run but had his best skiing ever to throw down a second place in the second run. Jaedon followed his last top ten with another top ten. Jack Overbay and Connor Sterling had major breakthroughs….both carving turns on the hard surface of S6 to finish in the top 25. The girls followed suit with some great results, four in the top ten! Including Fallon, who finished two runs to pop an 8th place!!"
Tony Buttinger night SL at Gunstock 2/23/17:
Shelby Graves 1
Meghan Bianchi 3
Ashley Spreng 3
George Tormey SL at Pico 2/25/17:
Becca Clark won both runs by 1.5 seconds for a huge 3 plus second victory. Hannah Caldini skied her best race of the year.
In the boys' race Brad Underhill was first and Brad Underhill third.
Also on Saturday at Pico was the Downhill for Diabetes race, where KMS took home the trophy for most funds raised! It was a great event for a great cause!
Good luck to all the U14's heading to States from 3/2-3/5:
KMS Alpine athletes traveled to NJ last week to compete in several races at the National Winter Activity Center, where the U14 and U19 athletes had some solid finishes (three in the top seven in one race) and took a few podiums as well. Check out photos below!