As the competition season begins to heat up, Killington Mountain
School (KMS) student-athletes traveled to various events Jan. 12-13
weekend, scooping up podiums along the way.
The KMS Freestyle Team battled dense fog at Sugarloaf in Maine
during the USSA Eastern Region Kagan Cup. After weather delays,
however, the team had a strong showing with Georgia Wood, of
Sydney, AUS, grabbing two more podium finishes this season in
moguls (second) and duals (third). Hannah Soar, of Somers, Conn.,
returned to competition this past weekend with two podium finishes
at well: a third in moguls and second in duals. Olivia Giaccio, of
Chittenden, finished seventh.
"Saturday's mogul event was delayed due to dense fog limiting
the judges' view of the course and making the visibility difficult
for the student-athletes," said KMS Freestyle Head Coach Sam
Tarrant. "Events with weather delays challenge the athletes to stay
focused and be ready to ski as soon as the weather lifts. The KMS
athletes were able to do just that."
In men's competition, only three points separated the top 10
skiers. Trevor Wahl, of Furlong, Penn., finished fourth, less than
one point from the leader, and fourth in duals. Sam Gnoza, of
Mendon, took another top-10 finish this season with seventh in the
KMS alpine racers had to contend with weather as well, as foggy
conditions never lifted in some areas and ruts were prevalent in
the course. At the Rebecca Ann McGill Memorial Giant Slalom at
Stratton, Kyle Mason, of Fairfield, Conn., took third, while
Spencer Stodgell, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., landed in fourth. KMS
alumnae Kelly Rowland '12, who now races for Clarkson University,
placed sixth in the women's race, while Heather Desino, of
Greenwich, Conn., took 13th.
On Saturday, Ryan Znamierowski, of Richmond, Vt., finished
fourth in the Technica Cup Giant Slalom at Proctor Ski Area in New
Hampshire, based in large part on his third-fastest second run. He
was also the top U16 racer, behind three racers over the age of
Several of the U12/U10 racers from Killington Ski
Club/Killington Mountain School faired well in difficult conditions
at the Mid-Vermont Council race at Killington on Sunday. The field
ended up only taking one run due to course conditions but in the
end, Bridgewater's Izzy Jenne and Mikayla Stolar, of Hampden,
Mass., led the KSC/KMS racers with a one-two finish atop the U12
girls' field. In all, KSC/KMS racers captured seven podiums;
Patrick Coughlin and Meghan Bianchi won their age groups, while
Ashely Anderson and Austin Clarke took second for U10 girls and
boys; Sawyer Reed finished the string of podiums with third for U8
Meanwhile, the snowboard and freeskiing teams scored 12 age-group
podium finishes in a pair of USASA slopestyles at Mt. Snow. Charlie
Gnoza, of Mendon, and Maggie Leon, of West Simsbury, Conn., topped
their age groups each day, while Dylan DaMore, of Woburn, Mass.,
had a pair of second-place finishes and Chloe Pultar, of
Pennington, N.J., took the win on Saturday and third on Sunday. Ari
Schneider and Tec Calcagni, both of Rutland, both won their age
groups on Saturday before departing for the Rev Tour in California.
Max Tarricone, of Andover, Mass., took one podium finish on the
weekend, as did Chris Oko, of Milford, Conn., and Joey Leon, of
West Simsbury, Conn.
To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, freeskiing,
and cycling training and opportunities, visit
www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802-422-KMS1.