|Alpine Skiing - Varsity Boys Butternut Slalom|
|Date:||January 8, 2014|
It was Wednesday, January 8, 2014, and at Butternut Ski Resort in Great Barrington, MA the sky was a brilliant blue, the sun streaming down, the temperature a balmy (compared to training the day before, in the low single digits) 17 degrees The Berkshire boys and girls alpine ski race teams gathered at the top of the run Main Street for their first Brigham Ski League race, a slalom event hosted by Salisbury School. Though many of our athletes competed over the holiday break in USSA events throughout the northeast, this was the first school race, also attended by Salisbury, Trinity-Pawling, and Kingswood-Oxford. At the end of the day, the Berkshire boys took first, followed by the girls in third, the two teams together capturing 9 of the top 10 places, and 14 of the top 20!
On a clean but challenging course, the girls were formidable. Captain Julia Slyer ’14 finished in 9th, skiing consistently—her two runs were a tenth of a second apart—with good form and aggression. Then came her little sister, Caroline Slyer ’16 in 12th, followed by Annette Key ’16, Molly Coleman ’16, and Krissy Govertsen ’15 in 14th through 16th places—a true team effort, since the top five (of eight total) racers score. Though slightly bested by Salisbury’s boys in terms of race points (BSL races are “scored” not by penalty but rather by the finish order alone), their total time was very, very close to second. The girls’ side concluded with Emily Barclay ’15 in 19th, Samantha Reagan ’16 in 21st, and Katherine Frick ‘16 in 25th—not bad, in a field of 40 varsity racers!
And the boys absolutely dominated. We coaches feel it important to note that their total score was 35 points, while there next closest competitor, host Salisbury School, finished with 129 points! Sophomore newcomer Tyler Smith ’16 won the race, followed by Bryce Schuler ’15 in second and, to round out the podium, Nate Mackenzie ’14 in third—with a spread of only two and a quarter seconds between the three of them. After Salisbury star Dan Cone in fourth, there was an absolute tie for fifth—accurate to 1/100th of a second over two runs—between promising freshman Samuel Bannett-Mas ‘17 and experienced senior Captain Ian Rasmussen ’14, showing the depth of our program across the grade levels. Wilfred Dyer-Kloman ’17 in 7th, George Frick III ’14 in 8th, and post-graduate Maarten van t’ Wout ‘14 10th in rounded out the varsity eight for Berkshire—every one of them finishing in the top ten.
On a cold day, only Berkshire School fielded a JV slate of racers, and so in a sense, these promising young athletes were competing only against each other and themselves, but we are proud of them nonetheless for sticking out two runs under the setting sun. Rawson Clough ’17 led the charge, and was followed by Ben Nadler ‘16, Ben Lang ‘15, Michael Melvin ‘17, and Alexandra Duryea ’16, who was running a course for the very first time. We are pleased with our JV’s performance: some of their times would have made them competitive with racers from other schools in the varsity line-up.
All in all, a great start to the BSL season!