KILLINGTON, Vt. –In its second strong showing in as many races, the Killington Mountain School J3 Team put three student-athletes on the podium at the second Mid-Vermont Race held at Pico yesterday. The team posted enough top-20 finishes to retain the Mid-Vermont Council banner for the second straight 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.
Carolyn Hofley, of Bow, N.H., took top honors for the girl’s team with a combined time of 1:18.74 while Mika Smith, of Castleton, Vt., won the second run and came in second with 1:20.43. James Ferri, of Farmington, Ct., who won silver in the first race of the season, put himself at the top of the podium for the boy’s team with a combined time of 1:13.70.
For the second week in a row, Allison Smith took 7th for the girl’s team, followed by Heather Desino (20th), Bridgewater’s Piper Jenne, who was in second after her first run (31), and Alli Price, who won the first run by two seconds but straddled a gate and did not finish her second run.
J4 Spencer Smith, of Woodstock, skiing up with the J3s for this race, posted the second-fastest time on the second run, rebounding from a first-run hike to take 22nd overall. He was followed by Jake Grundy (26), Pat Salisbury (28), Matt Moore (34), Tom Shebell (36, with an 11th-place second run), and Jonathan Schwartz (40). First-run winner Wyatt Queirolo straddled a gate and was unable to finish the second run.
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.