By Caitlin Croft
U14 Athletes from the west side of the state traveled to Kissing Bridge and Holiday Valley for a Slalom and Giant Slalom, respectively. This was the first weekend of competition for this age group. To qualify for State Championships, each race is scored as three individual results: First Run, Second and Overall. To qualify for States, the athlete’s best five of 13 results are counted. For the articles, we report of the overall result, where an athlete must finish a complete race.
On the opening day, Hannah Goetz took gold on her home race hill. Teammate Ingrid Siudzinski finished 9th.
For the men, Justin Jusiak of Buffalo Ski Club finished in 26th, Kellen Gradwell (BSC) took 39th and Samuel Foley of Kissing Bridge placed 40th.
The second day of racing, Goetz once again found herself on top of the podium with gold, winning by a whopping 2.92 seconds. Ingrid Siudzinski of Kissing Bridge took 19th.
On the men’s side, Samuel Foley (KB) finished 24th, Justin Jusiak (BSC) 28th and teammate Kellen Gradwell took 29th.
The next race for the U14 athletes will be Jan. 27 and 28— a Dual Slalom at Song Mountain and Giant Slalom at Greek Peak. U21/19/16 athletes will find themselves competing at Greek Peak in two Giant Slaloms on the 20th and 21st.