By Caitlin Croft

U14 athletes traveled to Naples, N.Y., for the last regular season State Championship qualifier. The race was held at Hunt Hollow a small club with great terrain just south of Rochester.

The race weekend consisted of a training day Saturday and race day on Sunday. Super-G athletes reach much higher speeds and take more time acclimating to the hill along with further training with coaches on the actual race run.

Sunday, race day, included a full training run with the race in the afternoon. This allows athletes to make corrections and execute a plan for the run that counts. 

All of the HoliMont and Holiday Valley ladies finished in the top 30 of 49 athletes and eight of the top 10. This is the best showing for the ladies and a testament to the hard work they put in at the recent flite camp held at HoliMont.

The flite camp is a requirement for the Super-G held yearly. This year’s was perfectly executed and gave the athletes ample time to get comfortable with a jump in the race.

Super-G and Downhill (downhill is not participated in at this age) have jumps incorporated unlike the technical events, Slalom and Giant Slalom.

Women: Madalyn Cummings of HoliMont once again was the fastest time of the day narrowing edging out teammate Mary Catherine Mangan. Carissa Dunlap (HO) finished in the fourth spot with her best result of the season.

Alexandra Smillie (HV) took 5th, Francesca Ferrara (HO) 6th, Leah Smillie (HV) 7th, Charlotte Harter (HV) 8th and Charlotte Branscombe (HO) 10th.

Kaitlyn Turnbull (HO) finished 14th, Claire Rintoul (HO) 15th, Halle Stephens (HV) 18th, Reese Latta (HV) 21st, Iris Polly (HV) 25th, Lilah Pecora (HO) 26th and Emmylu Carls (HO) 29th. 

Men: Erik Shattenberg (HV) took home the gold medal.

Buck Rathbun (HO) finished 5th, Liam Ainslie (HO) 6th, Hans Solly (HO) 10th, Dougie Basadur (HO) 13th, Maxwell Burget (HO) 14th and Blake Preston (HO) 17th.

Beaudin Napolitano (HO) placed 19th, Harry Scanlon (HV) 21st, Owen Griffith (HV) 23rd, Andrew Williams (HO) 28th and Nathan Belza (HO) 54th. 

U16 athletes travel next to Hunt Hollow and Snow Ridge for a Giant Slalom and Slalom respectively. U12/10/8 athletes have back-to-back Slaloms at Kissing Bridge and Buffalo Ski Club.