KILLINGTON, Vt. - Local J4 “Jones” racers from the Killington Winter Sports Club/Killington Mountain School’s (KWSC/KMS) alpine team have qualified for the Vermont J4 State Championships on March 12-13 at Stratton Mountain. Woodstock’s Spencer Smith, a full-time Killington Mountain School student-athlete, led the team, winning every run he entered this season to take the council overall title.
Athletes qualify for States by continued success in Mid-Vermont Council Jones Series racing during the regular winter season and will compete at Stratton for state championship titles in slalom and giant slalom. Over the course of the seven-race Jones Series, KMS and KWSC/KMS skiers took 20 podium finishes, 43 top-10 results, and 91 top-30 finishes; the team did not go a single race without at least one racer on the podium.
Ian Clarke, of Pipersville, Penn., finished second in the council standings and Bridgewater’s Ava Mattsson took third in the girls’ council standings. Smith, Clarke and Mattsson also qualified to compete at the Alpine J4 Eastern Regionals, March 20-22, at Waterville Valley, N.H. by virtue of their council standings. The top two boys and top three girls from the Mid-Vermont Council and the top three boys and two girls from each of Vermont’s other two councils earn automatic bids to Eastern Regionals, previously known as Future Stars.
“The team showed up with strong performances all season long and their hard work and dedication has paid off,” said Mike Cahill, head J4/5 coach for KWSC/KMS. “I’m anticipating great effort again at States, with lots of focus from these racers. To have 14 racers from Killington in States is a testament to how hard these kids work at their talent week after week.”
Clarke, William Coen, of Stockbridge, Taylor Dobyns, of Duxbury, Mass., Tory Dobyns, also of Duxbury, Mass., Raichle Johnson, of Pittsfield, Olivia Lawler, of Andover, Mass., Leah Mason, of Medfield, Mass., Mattsson, Malcolm Mead, of Morristown, N.J., Marina Rotella, of Rutland, Joseph Salisbury-Jennings, of Mendon, Noa Schwartz, Brookline, Mass., Smith, and Mikayla Stolar, of Hampden, Mass., earned start positions in Vermont J4 State Championships, where the remainder of Vermont’s 26 quota spots to J4 Eastern Regionals will be allocated.
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.