As the Berkshire Alpine Ski Race Team continues to grow, one of the qualities that distinguish us from our competitors is the depth of our program. The Bears have not only great boys’ and girls’ varsity sides but also talented, up-and-coming JV athletes who find success in their own races. One such was Friday’s (2/15) JV Giant Slalom competition at Ski Sundown, in New Hartford, CT, in which many of our JV skiers posted exceptional results in the final JV race of the 2013 BSL season. Team scores were not released; had they been, the Berkshire Boys’ JV would have taken 1st, followed by the co-ed team of Suffield, and then the Berkshire Girls’ JV in 3rd.
The course was short, clinging to the bottom third of the competition run of the mountain; as a result, times hovered around a mere 20 seconds per run. The set was also tight—in fact, there were two courses set side-by-side, with varsity and junior varsity athletes racing right next to one another. The Berkshire varsity teams sat this one out in anticipation of next week’s BSL SL championship, but one skier who will not be racing next week, Troy Bernier ’14, made quite a statement not only by participating as the lone Berkshire varsity representative but also by finishing in 5th place overall—a great season-ender for Troy.
For the JV, there were many excellent finishes. Senior Corey Gary ’13 took 2nd place—his best-ever finish—and Ben Lang ’15 was right behind him in 3rd. In 4th, with the best-in-race score for any girl, Caroline Slyer ’16—temporarily borrowed from the varsity—set the highest of standards for her teammates to follow. Then, in short order came Chris Bower ‘15, Will MacClarence ‘15, and Samantha Reagan ’16 in 5th through 7th places, respectively. Hadley Laskowski ’14 just edged Captain Swetha Kodali ’13—by 2 / 100ths of a second—for 14th and 15th places, and Sam Rusoff ’15, Charlie Kellogg ’16, and Eloise Morrow ’14 were close behind in 17th through 19th places—despite Charlie’s hurling head-over-heels into the finish! Rounding out the Berkshire skiers, Bryn Kenny ’14 finished in 26th, Ben Nadler '16 finished in 44th after hiking, and Emily Hubbard ’14 DSQ’d after a tough crash. All in all, the Bears captured 11 of the top 20 spots, in a field of eight schools.
The JV had a great season, with fine results in line with their fine skills. We coaches are proud of their achievements and look forward to their progress next year.