|Alpine Skiing - Varsity Boys Championships Top 8 Sundown Giant Slalom|
|Date:||February 17, 2014|
Event Recap:The Berkshire Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Teams skied into a chilly, and snowy Ski Sundown this past Monday to compete in the Brigham Ski League Giant Slalom Championships. Berkshire School competes in the BSL, which is comprised of 11 teams and over 80 athletes representing Taft, Salisbury, Avon Old Farms, Trinity Pawling, Ethel Walker, Miss Halls, Kingswood, Loomis Chaffee and Suffield. The Brigham Ski League is named in honor of one of the founders of this league and long time Berkshire School Coach, Chemistry Teacher and Assistant Head of School, Robert Brigham. Thus, it behooves the teams to perform to their best abilities, especially in consideration that the league is named in honor of one of our own.
And retain it they did! As the last racer clocked in, the Boys Won the Overall Boys Team GS Title for the fourth year in a row! And not to be out done, the Girls won the Overall Girls Team GS Title !
In ski racing, it's imperative to compete closer to the edge in which individual place values are measured by one hundredths of a second. However, this edge becomes perilous when called upon to provide the necessary points for the team championships. In short, too close to that edge may result in a fall and the athletes will then be pushed back in the standings, and thus contribute fewer team points. Long ago, Coach Brigham defined a winning method in this league through a team concept that was characterized by team excellence, rather than personal glory. This year's Boys and Girls teams have exhibited the concept of "team", which in the end, truly defines their season and enjoyment of this sport.
In this year's BSL Giant Slalom Championships, the Boys Varsity amassed 55 Team Points, besting Suffield (161) and Salisbury (223), who finished in 2nd and 3rd for Boys Teams respectively. Individually, our boys took six of the top nine spots including 2nd through 7th. Not to be outdone, the Girls Varsity amassed 214 Team Points… 217 points in front of Ethel Walker who finished 2nd for Girls Teams and 317 points in front of 3rd Place Miss Porters. In a little known fact, had the Girls been competing against the Boys Teams, they would have finished in 3rd Overall !
Individually, Nate Mackenzie '14 provided two solid approaches to the course, yet after winning the second run, landed in 2nd Overall, a mere 3/100th's of a second out of 1st. George Frick '14 sustained a challenging first run, to rebound and ski clean in the 2nd, which resulted in a 4th place finish. Tyler Smith '16 grabbed the 5th spot, skiing a clean and strong run. Rawson Clough '17 arrived next, displaying to the attending teams what they will see for the next three years out of Rawson, who notched in at 6th. After finishing in 3rd in the 1st run, Bryce Schuler '15 fell in the 2nd run, yet continued on and still grabbed the 7th spot Overall. Another to showcase what the next three years will entail, Wilfred Dyer Kloman '17 skied two smart and aggressive runs to land in 9th for the boys overall. Fellow 3rd Former, Samuel Bannett '17 provided two beautiful and artful runs to grab 14th overall for the boys. Alas, Team Captain Ian Rasmussen '14 fell in the 1st run, yet rebounded well and led his team to an 8th place finish in the 2nd run, and the Team GS Championships!
For the girls side, Team Captain Julia Slyer '14 led the girls to a 2nd place finish, skiing clean and strong in which to amass team points. "Jules" was followed by her sister, Caroline Slyer '16, and after knifing both runs, landed her in 3rd Overall. Annette Key '16 followed in 5th for the girls, and experienced two rough runs, complete with acrobatics to remain on the course, and in the race. Next came Katherine Frick '15 who delivered two of her best runs of the year to grab the 7th overall spot. Emily Barclay '15 stormed down the icy track to finish in 10th overall, while teammate Samantha Reagan '16 skied to a strong 12th place. Rounding out the girls was Krissy Govertsen '15, who experienced some trouble in her 2nd run, and landed in 27th overall.
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity and Boys Varsity Ski Teams for winning the 2014 BSL Giant Slalom Championships!
The teams will head back to Ski Sundown this Wednesday to compete in the Brigham Ski League Slalom Championships. We hope to see you all there for the 2:30pm start!