James Ferri, of West Simsbury, Conn., and a ninth-grade student-athlete at Killington Mountain School, took silver in slalom at the USSA Marriott Junior Championships – J3 Eastern Regionals (Junior Olympics) on Saturday at Okemo Mountain. Ferri finished fourth in giant slalom on Sunday. He was one of seven KMS racers to qualify for Junior Olympics.
In addition to slalom results, KMS boys faired well in giant slalom; Wyatt Queirolo, this year’s Vermont J3 State Champion, finished third, and Johnny Schwartz landed in 23rd.
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.
For the girls, Mikala Smith, of Castleton, took silver, while Carolyn Hofley, of Bow, N.H. placed ninth and Bridgewater’s Piper Jenne finished 14th. Jenne also won the “Attack from the Back” award for the largest move. She started 77th and had an eighth-place second run to help her in that effort. Hofley and Smith placed eighth and 11th in slalom, respectively. All seven KMS skiers in the event finished in the top 30 in giant slalom and all the girls were in the top-15.