Twenty-four Stratton Mountain School J3 Alpine Team members traveled to Sugarbush and Burke for the J3 State Championships March 3 – 5 to test their skills against the best racers in the state. SMS freshman George Steffey, Lyme, N.H., came out on top with three victories.
On Saturday, March 3, the women’s team competed in Slalom (SL) in Burke, while the men’s SL race in Sugarbush was postponed until Sunday. Eighth-grader Nicola Katz, Brookline, Mass. was the top SMS finisher in 10th.
On Sunday, March 4, it was the boys’ turn for SL at Sugarbush. Eighth-grader Zach Chernin, Hanover, N.H. finished on top for SMS in fifth; freshman Joe DeMuyt, Greenwich, Conn., finished sixth; freshman Brendan O’Keefe, W. Wardsboro, Vt., finished 15th; freshman Dale Braverman, Weston, Conn., finished 17th; eighth-grader Michael Symecko, Cedar Knolls, N.J., finished 23rd; and freshman Sebastian Konecsny, New York, N.Y., finished 29th.
On Sunday, March 4, the girls’ team competed in Giant Slalom (GS) at Burke, and Katz again came out on top with a third-place finish. Freshman Amanda Steffey, Lyme, N.H. finished seventh; eighth-grader Paige Lorenze, Guilford, Conn., finished 17th; eighth-grader Elisabeth Grondin, West Hartford, Conn., finished 27th; freshman Zoe Nelson, Montclair, N.J., finished 28th; and eighth-grader Annika Andersson, New York, N.Y., finished 30th.
It was the boys’ turn for GS on Monday, March 5, where George Steffey took the top of the podium, beating the next competitor by nearly two seconds. Eighth-grader Spencer Smith, Woodstock, N.Y., finished fifth; eighth-grader Joe Gillis, Brandford, Conn., finished 15th; Chernin finished 19th; and Symecko finished 21st.
“George was the clear standout in the men’s field with three victories, six winning runs and two discipline titles,” said SMS Head J3 Coach Dave Edry of Steffey’s wins in GS and Super-G, which earned him the Overall States Champion title.