By Caitlin Croft

The final races of the Junior Alpine Ski season are always a Spring Series event held at HoliMont.

Second-year U14 athletes are invited to race against the U21/19/16 athletes. The purpose of this is to allow the soon to be U16s a chance to score their first USSA points.

The point system in ski racing determines your start number. It is similar in fashion to golf as the lower the points the, in most cases, better the skier.

This is also a first lesson of finishing a complete race for the second year U14s. Each race consists of two runs with two different courses and a final result. For the U21/19/16s the only result that counts towards points and post season qualifications is the final result. For U14s however, each run and the final result are all counted towards post season qualifications. 

Theoretically, an athlete who did not have one complete race all season could still qualify for State Championships. For an athlete to get on the points list for December 2019 the aims to finish all four runs each day having two complete races to use in calculations.

These results will be overall and an asterisk will denote a second year U14. 

Day One: Giant Slalom

Race #1 Ladies: HoliMont’s Mary-Catherine Mangan* took home the gold medal on her home hill. Simona Muscarella (HO) placed 2nd, Isabella Stringer (HO) 6th, Sophia Gambino (HV) 8th, Madalyn Cummings* (HO) 11th, Charlotte Branscombe* (HO) 13th, Leah Smillie* (HV) 14th and Alexandra Smillie* (HO) 15th. Amanda Arteaga (HO) finished 17th, Sarah Kelly (HO) 18th, Megan Williams (HV) 20th, Halle Stephens* (HV) 22nd, Cece Carls (HO) 24th and Kate Carter (HO) 25th. Gianna Ferrara (HO) took 26th, Claire Rintoul (HO) 27th, Megan Kelsch (HO) 28th, Evelyn Polly (HO) 29th, Iris Polly* (HO) 31st and Brooke Willer (HO) 33rd. 

Race #1 Men: Nathan Briselden of Clarkson University Ski Team formerly Holiday Valley took home the silver medal. Maxxon Solly (HO) finished 4th, William Peters (HO) 7th, Ross Fuller (HV) 9th, Erik Shattenberg* (HV) 10th, David Rintoul (HO) 12th, William Dunn (HV) 13th and Carson Corey* (HO) 14th. Michael Turnbull (HO) placed 15th, Liam Ainslie* (HO) 17th, Buck Rathbun* (HO) 19th, Dalton Potter (HV) 22nd and Blake Preston* (HO) 25th. William Assad (HO) finished 29th, Nicholas Koerber (HV) 30th, Ryan Gambrell (HO) 31st, Gabriel Lisowsky (HO) 32nd and Andrew Williams* (HO) 38th. 

Race #2 Ladies: Simona Muscarella (HO) finished on top with first. Mary Catherine Mangan* (HO) finished with the silver medal and Madalyn Cummings* (HO) 8th. Isabella Stringer (HO) took 9th, Sophia Gambino (HV) 10th and Leah Smillie* (HV) 11th, Alexandra Smillie* (HV) 13th and Cece Carls (HO) 17th. Amanda Arteaga (HO) finished 18th, Charlotte Branscombe* (HO) 19th, Megan Williams (HV) 20th, Sarah Kelly (HO) and Kate Carter (HO) tied for 22nd, Halle Stephens* (HV) 25th, Gianna Ferrara (HO) 26th, Megan Kelsch (HO) 28th, Claire Rintoul (HO) 29th, Evelyn Polly (HV) 30th, Iris Polly* (HV) 33rd and Brooke Willer (HV) 34th. 

Race #2 Men: Nathan Briselden (HV) finished in third place, Maxxon Solly (HO) 4th, Logan Kidd (HO) 7th, W. Logan Hubert (HV) 9th, Williams Peter (HO) 10th, Ross Fuller (HV) 11th and Carson Corey* (HV) 13th. Erik Shattenberg* (HV) took 14th, David Rintoul (HO) 16th, Michael Turnbull (HO) 18th, William Dunn (HV) 19th, Liam Ainslie* (HO) 20th, Buck Rathbun* (HO) 23rd, Will Assad (HO) 26th, Blake Preston* (HO) 29th, Ryan Gambrell (HO) 32nd, Nicholas Koerber (HV) 33th, Gabriel Lisowsky (HO) 34th and Andrew Williams* (HO) 41st.

Day Two: Slalom

Race #1 Ladies: Mary Catherine Mangan* (HO) finished 3rd, Isabella Stringer (HO) 4th, Madalyn Cummings* (HO) 9th, Amanda Arteaga (HO) 15th, Gianna Ferrara (HO) 16th, Sophia Gambino (HV) 18th, Alexandra Smillie* (HV) and Cece Carls (HO) tied for 19th, Charlotte Branscombe* (HO) 23rd and Brooke Willer (HV) 25th. 

Race #1 Men: Logan Kidd (HO) took 5th, David Rintoul (HO) 6th, Erik Shattenberg* (HV) 9th and Carson Corey* (HV) 10th. Blake Preston* (HO) finished 16th, Will Assad (HO) 19th, Ryan Gambrell (HO) 20th, Gabriel Lisowsky (HO) 21st, W. Logan Hubert (HV) 24th, Buck Rathbun* (HO) 24th and Andrew Williams* (HO) 25th.

Race #2 Ladies: Mary Catherine Mangan* (HO) once again took 3rd, Isabella Stringer (HO) 7th, Madalyn Cummings* (HO) 12th, Megan Williams (HV) 14th, Alexandra Smillie* (HV) 15th, Simona Muscarella (HO) 16th, Kate Carter (HO) 17th and Sophia Gambino (HV) 18th. Cece Carls (HO) finished 21st, Halle Stephens* (HV) 22nd, Megan Kelsch (HO) 23rd, Sarah Kelly (HO) 24th, Charlotte Branscombe* (HO) 28th, Iris Polly* (HV) 29th, Evelyn Polly (HV) 30th, Claire Rintoul (HO), Brooke Willer (HV) 32nd and Leah Smillie* (HV) 33rd.

Race #2 Men: Nathan Briselden (HV) took home the gold, Maxxon Solly (HO) 4th, Alexander Wojnowski (HV) 8th, David Rintoul (HO) 9th, Ross Fuller (HV) 10th and Erik Shattenberg* (HV) 12th. W. Logan Hubery (HV) placed 18th, William Dunn (HV) 21st, Liam Ainslie* (HO) 23rd, Blake Preston* (HO) 27th, William Assad (HO) 28th, Nicholas Koerber (HV) 29th, Gabriel Lisowsky (HO) 30th, Ryan Gambrell (HO) 31st and Andrew Assad* (HO) 34th.

This wraps up another season of Alpine Racing in Western New York.

This sport takes so much time and work from not only the athletes but coaches, parents, event staffs, volunteers and officials.

Congrats to all athletes this year and good luck next season!