Ski and Snowboard Club Vail report for Saturday
Vail, CO Colorado
WINTER PARK – The girls left the start first Saturday at the J4 Rocky/Central Junior Olympics slalom in Winter Park, and their opening run saw Megan McGrew in fourth, Heidi Livran in eighth, and Camilla Trapness finishing 13th.
The second run – scored sperately – for the girls had McGrew take bronze and Livran seventh. Camilla Trapness and Abigail Murer took 14th and 15th.
“Megan made one mistake on the first run that cost her a podium, but she put it together on her second run,” said coach Karen Ghent. “Heidi Livran had a really strong showing and pushed herself on both her runs.”
For the boys, River Radamus took second in the morning run at the track while Austin Baker, a Vail local running as an independent, placed 11th.
The afternoon slalom for the boys saw Radamus in fourth, Jack Keane in 10th, Quintin Cook placing 14th, and Baker finishing 15th.
“River was a real competitor today putting down two strong runs,” Ghent said. “Our kids skied really solid; coach Perry Kleeman and I couldn’t be more proud of them. They showed a lot of character and truly brought their A-game. It has been a great week.”
Nordic junior national
SSCV’s Nordic team returned triumphany from nationals at Presque Isle, Maine , last week.
SSCV’s Christian Shanley, a sophomore at Battle Mountain High School, started the week off with a bang as he ended up fifth overall in the J2 boys classic sprint. This result gave Christian his first All-American result, and SSCV’s first J2 All-American ever. Christian also had a solid result in the J2 5k classic race.
“After qualifying fourth in the prelim, we knew Shanley was on track and could mix it up with the best in the U.S,” coach Karl Hochtl said
SSCV alum Tony Ryerson, an OJ (older junior) racing for New England and Harvard, had his best result at a jnior nationals ever. Ryerson’s 10th-place finish in the OJ classic sprint earned him an All-American result as well. Ryerson also placed 16th in the 15k classic and 18th in the OJ skate race.
The 15k classic found the athletes dealing with variable course conditions throughout the day, and SSCV’s Sean Woods, a Vail Mountain School senior, proved his technical ability and fitness as he stormed his way to a 14th place in the J1 field. Woods also placed 22nd in the J1 10k skate race and helped the Rocky Mountain Diviison J1 relay team place seventh.
“This was a tremendous race for Sean. It allowed him to not only go out on a high note, but to give notice to college coaches that he is a very capable skier and is a worthy recruit,” said Hochtl.
Conor Wallace, SSCV alum now skiing for DU, had a rough opening race, but rebounded to place 13th in a highly competitive OJ 10k skate field. Max Burnell placed 23rd in the OJ 15k classic for his junior national debut. Burnell was not able to finish the race schedule due to a broken ankle suffered during the skate race.
Both Lauren Zdechlik and Bridget Moffet gained valuable experience by competing against and watching some of the best skiers in the country go head to head. The team now rests and looks forward to summer dryland training, and the 2011 Junior Nationals in Minneapolis.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Anne Strong skiedto another victory and Sean McCormick grabbed silver in the Millennium Bank Colorado Junior Ski Cup Championships giant slalom in Steamboat Springs Saturday.
SSCV also placed four other women in to the top 10. Celine Guilmineau took third for the J2s, Katharine Irwin was fourth, Mary Sackbauer eighth, and Elizabeth Strong finished 10th.
Christoph Niederhauser took fourth for the J2s, Zachary Ziolkowski sixth, Andreas Calabrese15th, and Anthony Romano 17th.
“It was a well run race and everything went smoothly,” coach Robin Chace said. “The snow was really firm, which makes a level playing field for all the competitors.”
The Millennium Bank Colorado Junior Ski Cup Championships continue today with another GS race for the men and women.