Wyatt Quierolo, of Farmington, Conn., and an eighth-grader at Killington Mountain School, was crowned J3 State Champion at this weekend’s MVP Healthcare Vermont J3 State Championships at Okemo Mountain. Quierolo went three-for-three, winning Super-G, slalom and giant slalom races in a competitive field. The overall title is based on finishes in all three disciplines. The entire KMS J3 girls’ team and six from the boys’ contingent competed in the state championships. In addition, six J3 racers have qualified for Junior Olympics.
J3 Junior Olympics are the top regional competition for racers in the J3 age class, who may earn start positions in the Whistler Cup and in future USSA-sponsored training camps through their results.
Along with Queirolo, James Ferri, of West Simsbury, Conn., and Jonathan Schwartz, of Brookline, Mass., have qualified for J3 Junior Olympics to be held at Okemo Mountain March 11. Mikala Smith, of Castleton, Carolyn Hofley, of Bow, N.H., Piper Jenne, of Bridgewater, and Alli Price, of Rutland, will also represent KMS at the event.
“Wyatt was the first J3 boy to win all three events since 2001-and it was a first for KMS-he had a truly amazing States,” said Head J3 Coach Greg Hadley. “He has been dedicated to working hard all off-season, and with his summer skiing, it paid off for him this week. He’s a pleasure to coach. He’s looking forward to JOs, which is back at Okemo, where he knows the hill as well as anyone after this state championship. And then he’ll look toward reaching his season goals of qualifying for the Whistler Cup, the top junior races held in British Columbia in April.”