Of the 14 racers that the Killington Winter Sports Club/Killington Mountain School (KWSC/KMS) Competition Programs sent to the Vermont J4 State Championships this weekend at Stratton Mountain, Woodstock’s Spencer Smith and Bridgewater’s Ava Mattsson landed on top of the podium, each being crowned the MVP Health Care VARA J4 State Champion in giant slalom. Smith was also named the J4 State Champion in slalom for his victory in Saturday’s race.
For the girls, Mid-Vermont Council skiers took the top four spots, with Mattsson leading the way with a combined winning time of 1:43:20. Teammate Marina Rotella, of Rutland, finished in seventh with a combined time of 1:47:80. Smith, a full-time Killington Mountain School student-athlete, won with a combined time of 1:39.67, more than two seconds faster than second-place finisher Patrick Gallagher.
In Saturday’s slalom, Smith also took top honors, winning the boys’ slalom by over two seconds. Teammates Ian Clarke, of Pipersville, Penn., and William Coen, of Stockbridge, Vt., took eighth and tenth, respectively. On the girls’ side, Rotella led with her ninth-place finish. Overall, KWSC/KMS racers had three podium finishes and seven top-10 finishes in the J4 State Championships.
Athletes qualify for States by continued success in Mid-Vermont Council Jones Series racing during the regular winter season. Other racers who represented KWSC/KMS at States included Ian Clarke, of Pipersville, Penn., 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., Malcolm Mead, of Morristown, N.J., Joseph Salisbury-Jennings, of Mendon, Noa Schwartz, Brookline, Mass., and Mikayla Stolar, of Hampden, Mass.
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 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.