Sunday River, Maine‹Stratton Mountain School¹s Brittany Lathrop ¹13 won
first place in the JIII Junior Olympic Super-G at Sunday River on March 16
and qualified for the Whistler Cup Ski Championships in April. Kieran Mottau
¹14 finished top-10 in two events of the series, allowing him to compete in
the 2010 Canadian K2 National Championships.
Ten SMS JIII Alpine skiers qualified for the Eastern JIII Junior Olympics,
which brought together the Eastern region¹s top 13- and 14-year-old ski
racers. The winners of each event move on to represent USA at the Whistler
Cup Championship in April, and the next five overall qualified for the
Canadian K2 National Championships.
Lathrop, from South Londonderry, Vt., won the Super-G by 1.12 seconds.
Combined with her second place finish in the Giant Slalom (GS), she earned
second place overall. In the GS, the rough conditions and persistent drizzle
turned the race into a one-run sprint, and Lathrop put down a good run to be
under a second behind the race winner. Due to her two podium spots, she¹s
headed to the Whistler Cup Championship in April to represent USA and SMS.
In the boys¹ Slalom on March 13, Mottau finished in fifth place. Mottau,
from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., moved from seventh in the first run to fifth in
the second run. He went on to earn a sixth place spot in the GS, which gave
him ninth overall. His amazing results qualified him to the Canadian K2
National Championships to represent SMS and the Eastern U.S. Team.
Whitney Hadden ¹14 skied consistently to earn top-15 results in all three
disciplines. She took home 11th place in the Slalom, 10th place in the GS
and 13th place in the SG. Overall, she earned 12th place.
In the first run of the Slalom, Taner Abadan ¹13 and Brian Mangiacotti ¹13
threw down strong results to finish 14th and 19th, respectively. The duo had
very late bib numbers (mid-60′s) and had to battle some holes, bumps and
ruts to finish.
Lara Lathrop ¹14 had her best run in the women¹s SG and finished 23rd. Mary
Kate Visnic ¹13 came in 40th.
For the boys¹ SG, Mangiacotti led the SMS charge in 14th place with Zach
Kinsella on his heals in 19th. Abadan was 21st and Mottau 26th.