By Caitlin Croft

The 2020 Race Season is off to a start with the Sports Page Cup Slalom and Giant Slalom. These events are part of Empire State Qualifiers for U21/19/16 athletes.

The State is divided into two divisions East and West and there are qualifiers on the other side of the state as well. Kissing Bridge and Buffalo Ski Club athletes took the quick trip within their local Niagara Frontier circuit to Holiday Valley for a Slalom and HoliMont for a Giant Slalom.

How to Qualify for Empire State Games: Results are based on New World Cup Points. Visit to see how the point spread works. Only the top 30 in each race earn points.

For Empire State Winter Games qualifying, they will use one less than half of all results to determine who is invited to Empire State Winter Games.

Day One: Slalom
U21/19 Ladies: Kissing Bridge’s Sydney Minier took home the bronze medal in the series opener. Abigail Fischer (KB) finished 6th and Madisyn Delozier placed (BSC) 8th.
U16 Ladies: Hannah Goetz of Kissing Bridge finished 4th. Ares Comas (BSC) placed 18th, Ingrid Siudzinski (KB) 19th and Elizabeth Graney (KB) 21st.
U21/19 Men: Christian Meyer (BSC) took home the gold, winning by nearly two seconds overall. Joshua Jusiak (BSC) finished 4th only off the podium by .35 seconds. Aristotle Ninos (KB) finished 6th, Alex Aubrecht (BSC) 11th, Daniel Edick (BSC) 12th, Ethan Hallett (BSC) 29th, Wilson Siudzinski (KB) 37th, Parker Murray (KB) 38th and Montgomery Nicholl (BSC) 39th.
U16 Men: Samuel Foley of Kissing Bridge took 8th, Hayden Wible (KB) 13th, Justin Jusiak (BSC) 16th and Kellen Gradwell (BSC) 18th.

Day Two: Giant Slalom
U21/19 Ladies: Sydney Minier (KB) continued her success with a 4th place finish. Madisyn Delozier (KB) took 5th, Abigail Fischer (KB) 8th, Kate Carter (KB) 12th and Casey Racho (KB) 17th.
U16 Ladies: Hannah Goetz improved upon her slalom result and took home the silver medal. Ingrid Siudzinski (KB) finished 9th, Ares Comas (BSC) 27th and Syvonne Forgette (BSC) 35th.
U21/19 Men: Joshua Jusiak (BSC) once again took home the gold medal, winning by over one second with teammate Christian Meyer rounding out the podium with a bronze medal. Wilson Siudzinski (KB) 17th, Aristotle Ninos (BSC) 23rd, Ethan Hallett (BSC) 25th, Montgomery Nicholl (BSC) 33rd and Parker Murray (KB) 37th.
U16 Men: Hayden Wible (KB) took 8th, Justin Jusiak (BSC) 13th and Kellen Gradwell (BSC) 14th.

This weekend the athletes travel to Cortland for the next series of the Sports Page Cup. The U14 Athletes are on the road for the first Mud, Sweat n’ Gears Cup of the season. Check in next week for full coverage of both series.