Stratton Mountain, Vt.—Stratton Mountain School¹s Danny Fowler ¹12 took home bronze at the JII National Super G. A record number of SMS athletes, eight boys and four girls, represented the Stratton Mountain School Alpine Program for the event at Sugarloaf, Maine.
Keith Schuman ¹11, Nick Krause ¹11, Tanner Mottau ¹12, Danny Fowler ¹12, Connor Davis ¹11, Eric Rasmussen ¹11, Cole Gibson ¹11 took seven out of the 20 spots for the men¹s Eastern Region team. Takehiro Watanabe ¹11 represented Japan in the event. Madeleine Hall ¹13, Morgan Klein ¹11, Libby Gibson ¹13 and Elle Gilbert ¹12 represented the girls¹ side for SMS.
Fowler, from Basking Ridge, N.J., led the way for the boys¹ team and brought home a third-place finish in Super-G (SG). His 61-point result marked the lowest score in his career. He also notched a top-10 finish in the Downhill event, taking home eighth place.
Krause, from Northborough, Mass., finished in eighth place in the SG and marked a career-low score. He consistently earned top-20 results throughout the entire series, marking 13th place in the Slalom, 20th place in the Giant Slalom (GS) and 15th place in the Downhill.
In the boys¹ GS, Cole Gibson, from Jamaica, Vt., and Rasmussen, from Delafield, Wis., had their best events with a 15th-place finish and a 17th-place finish, respectively. In the SG, Schuman, from Upper Saddle River, N.J., came in an honorable 15th.
For the girls, Hall had a great finish in the SG event and notched an eighth-place finish. Hall, from Truckee, Calif., ran another top-10 finish in the Slalom and came in 15th place for the GS.
Klein, from Oregon, Wis., earned an 18th-place finish in the GS and Gilbert, from Woodstock, Vt., came in 19th in the Slalom. Both athletes are recovering from early-season surgeries and are sure to make waves in next year¹s championship season.
Qualification for JII Nationals was based on a National Junior Race series, a FIS series and an Eastern Cup Downhill (DH)/Super-G (SG) series. JII Nationals allowed athletes to compete on a world-class venue against his or her top peers in the country.
The SMS Alpine Program will continue to compete in FIS race series throughout the remainder of March. Be sure to visit the SMS Alpine Program blog for daily updates: www.smsalpine.blogspot.com
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.