The Berkshire Ski Team kicked off the second semester with 12 athletes competing in the Schaefer Cup, a USSA/Tristate slalom race for U21 and U18 athletes (U16 skiers were also invited to compete up in this race) held at Berkshire East (Charlemont, MA) on Saturday, January 5th, 2013. Among a field of 96 young men and 78 young women, drawn not only from prep schools like Deerfield, Northfield-Mount Herman and Berkshire but also ski academies, such as Stratton Mountain School and Green Mountain Valley Academy, and even colleges like UConn, Umass and St. Anselm’s, Berkshire athletes made an excellent start to the 2013 season.
On the girls’ side, the course proved challenging for our young but talented team. Our top performer was Julia Slyer ’14, who finished 20th overall, and 9th for her (U18) age group; sophomore Krissy Goversten ’15 finished 30th overall and 20th among the U18’s. Making the biggest advance, newcomer Caroline Slyer ‘16 raced up from her ranked position of 70th to finish 35th overall, and 6th for her age group (U16). In another huge move, Annette Key ’16 moved from 72nd into the 40th spot overall, which was 10th for her age group (U16). Rounding out the U16's, Samantha Reagan ‘16 moved from 66th to 52nd overall, and 13th for her age group. One especially notable achievement came from Emily Barclay ’15, who fell on her first run, “hiked” up to make the gate and was thus allowed a second run: then, though starting in last place due to her fall, Emily mastered the course and finished with the 8th best time on the 2nd run, landing her in 54th overall for the race. Elise Chauvel ’15 and Eliza Stitchter ’16, two very talented and promising athletes, were knocked out of the competition early after falling on the first run, as sometimes happens to aggressive, competitive skiers at all skill levels—we look forward to strong finishes from them in coming races.
Our boys delivered excellent performances across the roster. Team Captain Jackson vanZon-Borwick ’13 skied cleanly and fast, finishing 2nd overall and 2nd for his age group (U18), bested only by a ski academy athlete, Ryan Mooney (U18), who is also a member of the US Ski Team Training Squad (we congratulate Ryan on his win!). Following Jackson, Nathaniel Mackenzie ‘14 turned in two very strong runs to finish in 3rd overall and 3rd for his age group (U18's). George Frick ‘14 refocused and rebounded after a rough first run, to finish in 27th overall, and 11th for his age group (U18). Close behind him was Bryce Schuler ’15, who finished 29th overall and 7th for his age group (U16). Landing all four of our boys in the top 30, among a competitive field of almost 100 high school, ski academy, and college athletes, is a great start to the season!
Our next race is the first of the season for the Brigham Ski League (BSL), to be hosted by Salisbury School at Butternut (Great Barrington, MA) on Wednesday, January 9th, 2:30 pm. Boys’ and girls’ Varsity as well as Junior Varsity teams will compete.
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