By Caitlin Croft

The New York State Ski Racing Association (NYSSRA) has instituted a new format for U14 Alpine Racing. The state is now split into two divisions—East and West. Athletes traveled to Truxton, New York for the first race of this new format, a Giant Slalom at Labrador Mountain.

Buffalo Ski Club’s Julia Patterson walked away with the first Gold Medal of this series. Kissing Bridge’s Abigail Fischer took 5th with teammate Sydney Minier in 8th, Elizabeth Graney (KB) 25th and Grace Rauch (BSC) 28th.  Syvonne Forgette (BSC) finished 48th and Jenna Block (KB) 52nd.

Joshua Jusiak of Buffalo Ski Club was the only one to crack the top ten in an extremely competitive field finishing 8th. Teammate Quinn Langdon finished 25th with Montgomery Nicholl on his heels in 26th. Hayden Wible of Kissing Bridge finished 41st and Justin Jusiak (BSC) took 50th.

On Sunday, the athletes were off to Song Mountain in Tully, NY for a Slalom. Hannah Goetz of Kissing Bridge finished just outside the podium in 4th followed imdiately by Abigail Fischer (KB) in 5th, Madisyn DeLozier (BSC) 6th and Katriana Kivari (KB) 7th. Kiera Kavcic of Buffalo Ski Club took 10th, Julia Patterson (BSC) 11th, Sydney Minier (KB) 14th and Grace Rauch (BSC) 20th. Jenna Block (KB) finished 40th and Syvonne Forgette (BSC) placed 46th.

Joshua Jusiak (BSC) skied another consistent race with a State Team qualifying finish placing 11th and Quinn Langdon (BSC) took 23rd. Hayden Wible of Kissing Bridge walked away in 33rd and Justin Jusiak (BSC) finished 46th.

Next week the U14’s will be at HoliMont for a Super G training camp. U16/U19/U21’s travel to Greek Peak and Toggenburg for their next Empire Cup Series. U12/U10’s will travel to HoliMont for their Flight Camp which is an introduction to Super G and Sunday they have their first race of the season, a Giant Slalom at Holiday Valley.