For the first time in six years, the Killington Mountain School J3 Women’s Team swept the podium at the first Mid-Vermont Race of the season, held Sunday at Suicide Six in Woodstock. Alli Price, of Rutland, won for the girls and was joined on the podium by runner-up Piper Jenne, of Bridgewater and last year’s J4 Overall State Champion, and third-place finisher Carolyn Hofley, of Bow, N.H.
Wyatt Queirolo, of Farmington Conn., took top honors for the men; James Ferri, who battled Queirolo in both runs, took second for the men.As a warm-up, the J3 Team excelled at the Okemo Opener Vermont Cup race on Dec. 28 with Price and Jenne taking first and third respectively and Queirolo posting a second-place finish. Ferri just missed the podium in fourth.
“It’s the first time in my six years at KMS that we swept a women’s podium,” said J3 Head Coach Greg Hadley of the results from Suicide Six. “We not only swept, but the whole team raced really, really well at their first big event. It feels good to bring the J3 Banner back to KMS this week.”
The J3 Banner is awarded to the winning team each week, as teams vie for the J3 Mid-Vermont Council team title at the end of the year. Rankings from these council races also are used to select racers for the J3 States at the end of the season.
Rounding out the top 10 for the women was Allison Smith, of Woodstock, Vt. in seventh; Jake Grundy, of Cumberland, R.I., took eighth for the men. After landing in seventh after her first run, Mika Smith ran into trouble on her second run and ended up in 33rd. For the men, Jonathan Schwartz put down a fourth-place first run but skied off course and hiked to make a gate second run, landing in 27th overall. Tommy Shebell skied to a 41st-place first run and then stepped up to a 15th-place second run to place 23rd overall. Matt Moore finished 30th and Patrick Salisbury 35th.
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 on a wide variety of terrains, across all seven mountains of Killington, depending on the needs of the groups.