KILLINGTON, Vt. – Woodstock’s Julian Scherding, age 16 and a junior alpine racer for Killington Mountain School, won the Vermont Cup at Killington Resort on Sunday, Dec. 18. He was joined on the podium by Killington Winter Sports Club/KMS athlete Brian O’Rourke, who took third. The men’s team also posted a strong outing at an early December, four-day race series at Attitash Resort in New Hampshire, positioning the team as a contender in this season’s competition circuit.
“Everyone was able to score great results at Attitash and set themselves up for much better start positions in the next round of FIS races,” said KMS Alpine Coach Nick Stagers.
At the Vermont Cup at Killington, David Schindler, of Rutland, missed the podium by one one-hundredth of a second and took fourth, Andrew Kimbell (Woodstock) fifth, Peter Spangler sixth, Jack Salisbury (Mendon) seventh, and Kenny McNeill (Rutland) 10th for six Killington men in the top 10; Jessie McNeill (Rutland) took fifth for the women, while Michelle Martin (Belmont, Mass.) had a tough first run but skied a 10th-place second run. Zach Stockman (Killington) did likewise on the men’s side, stepping up to an eighth-place second run.
The men’s team recently returned from a four-day race series at New Hampshire’s Attitash Resort, where they collected a number of front-page results. Jake Jacobs took eighth place in Thursday’s GS, ahead of Kip Spangler (9), Dan Martin (15), and Kyle Burcin (16) in the top 20.
Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont independent school whose mission is to inspire students to pursue excellence in academics and athletics in a culture that promotes integrity, leadership, responsibility, and respect. Participants in the KMS alpine racing program train and race in all four disciplines: downhill, slalom, giant slalom, and super G. Training takes place o n a wide variety of terrains, across all seven mountains of Killington, depending o n the needs of the groups.