Stratton Mountain School racers dominated their home mountain in a Giant Slalom Vermont Cup race at Stratton, hosted by SMS, on
Sunday, Dec. 12. Zachary Kinsella ¹13 won the race, edging out SMS teammate Connor Davis ¹11, who earned second. Kelly Appenzeller ¹11 put two solid runs together to take second place in the women¹s race.
Kinsella, a first year JII from Manchester, Vt., skied consistent to win therace. He skied the third fastest time in the first run and followed up with the second fastest time in the second run. His combined time is what clinched the race for him, pushing past Davis by more than a half of a second. Davis, from Weston, Vt., had
(Photo: us ski team) the best time on the course during the first run, which helped him earn the second fastest combined.
Appenzeller, from Huntington, N.Y., clinched her spot with two consistent runs. She skied the second best time in the first run and the third fastest time in the second run. Her collective score helped her bring home her first Vermont Cup silver medal.
Hunter Lathrop, from Manchester, Vt., also finished in the top 15 for the boys, taking 11th place. For the top-15 girls, Claire Hamnett, from Tyngsboro, Mass., was 10th and Christie Choma, from Sharon, Conn., was 12th.
Conditions on the hill were less than ideal, but the course, set by SMS coach Dylan Snell, ran smoothly without any major hiccups. Rain and sleet made visibility difficult, but the racers pulled through to finish the day as planned.
The SMS Women¹s Alpine Program will head East to Sunday River to compete in Eastern Cup races. The SMS Men¹s Program will split to compete in the Attitash FIS Development series or the Sugarloaf Eastern Cups, which will begin on Dec. 15.
Stratton Mountain School is a premier ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain. The independent school serves students in grades 8-12 with a winter program for seventh graders. The SMS community of students, faculty, coaches and staff share the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.