Men of Stratton Mountain School dominate slalom and giant slalom

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 22, 2009 11:03 am

Attitash, N.H.—Stratton Mountain School (SMS) Alpine athletes dominated the FIS Slalom (SL) and Giant Slalom (GS) series at Attitash, N.H., this past weekend. Jay Ogle ’10 reached the podium three times throughout the series. Nick Krause ’11 finished in third place for both GS races and Blake Pendleton ’11 took second place in the second SL. SMS had nine other top-10 finishes throughout the series.
During the first SL on Dec. 17, Ogle had the fastest time on the course for the first run. His consistent skiing earned a first place finish for the race, which marked his first win since competing at the FIS level.
The group was inspired on Friday by Ogle’s podium finish the previous day. Four SMS men finished in the top 10 of the second SL race with Pendleton leading the group. After skiing out of his second place spot on Thursday, Pendleton was determined to find the podium. Pendleton had the second place spot after the first run. His second run, however, was the fastest on the course, earning his second place finish. Prescott McLaughlin ’10 earned a fifth-place result while Nick Krause ’11, 7th place, and Tanner Mottau ’12, 10th place, rounded out the top-10.
The boys shone their brightest during the GS races on Saturday and Sunday. Six SMS guys were in the top 10 for the first GS race. Ogle won overall and Krause found his first podium of the series with third place. McLaughlin was just outside the top 3, finishing in fourth place, and Hunter Resek ’10 came in sixth. Cole Skinner ’10 and Cole Gibson ’10 found their first top-10 finishes, with ninth and 10th place respectively.
The competition couldn’t keep the boys off the podium for the last race of the series on Sunday. Ogle earned his third podium of the series with a second place finish, and Krause came in third place for the second time in a row. Resek and McLaughlin took sixth and seventh respectively.
Overall, the series was a great success. Alpine Program Director Mike Morin said the boys skied better than they had all preparation period, and he is excited to see more success in the future.
The SMS Alpine Program will compete in regional events around southern Vermont for the next two weeks. Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain. The school serves students in grades 8-12 with winter programs for seventh graders. The SMS community of students, faculty,
coaches and staff share the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.

Top-10 Results from Attitash:
Dec. 17 SL:
1. Ogle
Dec. 18 SL:
2. Pendleton
5. McLaughlin
7. Krause
10. Mottau
Dec. 19 GS:
1. Ogle
3. Krause
4. McLaughlin
6. Resek
9. Skinner
10. Gibson
Dec. 20 GS:
2. Ogle
3. Krause
6. Resek
7. McLaughlin