It was a whirlwind weekend of podiums in all disciplines and age groups for Killington Mountain School (KMS) student-athletes. The J3 team led the way, capturing the J3 (MVC) team banner at Killington for the sixth consecutive race of the season, a KMS record. Over the course of the MVC season, the team took 25 podiums (no fewer than three podium finishes in any race), 40 top-10 finishes, and 56 front-page (top-15) finishes. The entire girls’ team and six from the boys’ contingent have qualified to compete at the J3 State Championships this Friday at Okemo Mountain.
“It’s been an incredible weekend for the entire school,” said Tao Smith, head of school at KMS, the longest-running winter-term ski academy in the U.S. “Student-athletes work hard all season to pursue their dreams and their hard work is paying off this year for sure. We’re excited to see what the next month will bring.”
Additionally, the KMS Freestyle team earned multiple podiums at the USSA Eastern Freestyle Killington Klassic in single moguls, dual moguls, halfpipe, and slopestyle events. Also last week, three student-athletes from the men’s J2 team—Kyle Burcin of Basking Ridge, N.J., Cameron Price of Rutland, and Dan Martin of Belmont, Mass.— qualified from the Eastern Region for J2 National Junior Olympics at Sugarloaf in March. In women’s racing, senior Allison Visconti of Ridgefield, Conn., won the second run en route to a third-place overall finish in Thursday’s FIS National Junior Race slalom at Blackwater, New Hampshire.
KMS J3 girls went one-two in Killington’s slalom race, with Bridgewater’s Piper Jenne taking top honors followed by Carolyn Hofley, of Bow, N.H., in second. Heather Desino finished in 17th, with teammates Allison Smith in 20th and Mika Smith in 28th after a fourth-place first run. Alli Price of Rutland was named Mid-Vermont Champion after winning four of the six council races. For the boys, it was KMS J3 racer James Ferri, of West Simsbury, Conn., who was crowned Mid-Vermont Champion while teammate Wyatt Queirolo, of Farmington, Conn., finished in second overall. Individual results from the season’s last regular slalom event included Ferri 1st, Queirolo 2nd, J4 Spencer Smith 4th, Johnny Schwartz 6th, Jake Grundy 8th, and Patrick Salisbury 28th.
Wyatt Queirolo skis to his third MVC win of the season, edging teammate James Ferri by 0.02 seconds: http://killingtonmountainschool.smugmug.com/Sports/J3-MVC-SL-at-Killington-2011/20110219MG1462/1192319211_xu2f2-O.jpg
Piper Jenne skis to her first win of the year: http://killingtonmountainschool.smugmug.com/Sports/J3-MVC-SL-at-Killington-2011/20110219MG1400/1192303407_VpJ3N-O.jpg
“With the Mid-Vermont boys standings finalized Saturday at the Killington slalom, the long battle between James and Wyatt finally came to a close with James taking top honors in the closest race I’ve seen in the mid council in years,” said KMS J3 Head Coach Greg Hadley. Schwartz finished eighth overall for the season and third for first-year J3s, followed by season overall results by Tommy Shebell (11th), Grundy (17th), Salisbury (42nd), and Matt Moore (45th).
Turning to moguls, on Saturday KMS/KWSC freestyler Hannah Soar took home the gold and was top-three overall for the two mogul competitions. Jeremy Gravell ’09 took home bronze for the men. In dual moguls on Sunday, Alta Curtis ’09 won the event with teammate Megan Moores joining her on the podium in second. For the men, Tyler Wadhams took third.
Killington Resort was a busy spot for KMS competition this weekend, with the Freestyle team competing and taking home hardware in all disciplines of the USSA Eastern Freestyle Killington Klassic. Dan Rosenblum, 16 and a sophomore at KMS, rallied from his sixth-place finish at the Gatorade Free Flow Tour national finals last week in Utah to take first in halfpipe competition on Friday and third in slopestyle. Teammate Cooper Babbitt just missed the podium in both events, landing in fourth each time.
photo: killington mountain school/smugmug – andrew desino