Local J4 “Jones” racers from the Killington Winter Sports Club/Killington Mountain School’s alpine team are on a roll, retaining the MVC Beanpot Trophy for the fourth time this season and the second consecutive week with stellar team results from the Super G held at Okemo on Sunday.
Ava Mattson, of Bridgewater, took silver again for the girls this week, just 0.06 seconds out of first place, while Marina Rotella, of Rutland, placed fourth. Raichle Johnson, of Pittsfield, followed in fifth, with Taylor Dobyns of Duxbury, Mass in seventh. For the boys, Spencer Smith, a full-time Killington Mountain School student-athlete from Woodstock, followed up last week’s giant slalom win with another first-place finish in the Super G. Ian Clarke, of Pipersville, Penn., took second and local Will Coen, of Stockbridge, finished ninth. Malcolm Mead, of Morristown, N.J. rounded out the top 10 with a 10th-place finish.
“This week was a close one for the Beanpot against Okemo but we pulled it out,” said Mike Cahill, head J4/5 coach for KWSC/KMS. “Spencer killed it, winning by more than two seconds over Ian who was almost a second ahead of the third-place finish, despite a mid-course mistake that almost took him out. And it was Malcolm’s first top-10 this year. The kids skied well on a well-prepared race venue at Okemo. I think the opportunities that KMS J4s had to train for Super G in the past week really put us on top. Not only did our front-of-the-packers continue to ski fast, but our whole team and our younger athletes also skied strongly in this competitive Jones Division field.”
The Killington Winter Sports Club/Killington Mountain School Competition Programs are the primary development pipeline for the Killington Mountain School. These programs are administered by KMS in conjunction with the Killington Winter Sports Club and aim to create an appropriate environment for the development of competitive athletes who are shaped by the ideals of athleticism and who are inspired by a lifelong love of their sport.
The KWSC/KMS Coaching Staff teach athletes how to be safe on and around the mountain, while supporting and sustaining each participant with instruction, information and encouragement at all levels. The multi-snow sport program offers a two-day program that starts the first weekend of December and ends the last weekend in March and a three-day program that starts the first full weekend in November and ends the last weekend in March.