By Caitlin Croft

The final races of the Junior Alpine Ski season are always a Spring Series event held at HoliMont.

Second year U14 athletes are invited to race against the U21/19/16 athletes. The purpose of this is to allow the soon to be U16s a chance to score their first USSA points.

The point system in ski racing determines your start number. It is similar in fashion to golf as the lower the points the, in most cases, better the skier.

This is also a first lesson of finishing a complete race for the second year U14s. Each race consists of two runs with two different courses and a final result. For the U21/19/16s the only result that counts towards points and post season qualifications is the final result. For U14s however, each run and the final result are all counted towards post season qualifications.

Theoretically, an athlete who did not have one complete race all season could still qualify for State Championships. For an athlete to get on the points list for December 2019 the aims to finish all four runs each day having two complete races to use in calculations.

These results will be overall and an asterisk will denote a second year U14.


Day One: Giant Slalom

Race #1 Ladies: Hannah Goetz of Kissing Bridge took home the bronze medal. Elizabeth Graney (KB) finished 21st and Ingrid Siudzinski (KB) 30th.

Race #1 Men: Ethan Hallett of Buffalo Ski Club finished 10th, Jack Schleyer (KB) 16th, Wilson Siudzinski (KB) 18th, Montgomery Nicholl (BSC) 26th, Hayden Wible (KB) 27th and Kellen Gradwell* (BSC) 41st.

Race #2 Ladies: Hannah Goetz (KB) placed 4th, Elizabeth Graney (KB) 24th, Ingrid Siudzinski (KB) 27th and Julia Farrell (KB) 32nd.

Race #2 Men: Jack Schleyer (KB) finished 12th, Ethan Hallett (BSC) 17th, Wilson Siudzinski (KB) 21st, Samuel Foley (KB) 27th, Hayden Wible (KB) 28th, Montgomery Nicholl (BSC) 30th and Kellen Gradwell* (BSC) 42nd.


Day Two: Slalom

Race #1 Ladies: Hannah Goetz (KB) took home gold in race one followed by Madisyn DeLozier (BSC) in second. Sydney Minier (KB) finished 7th, Abigail Fischer (KB) 11th, Elizabeth Graney (KB) 21st and Ingrid Siudzinski (KB) 22nd.

Race #1 Men: Joshua Jusiak (BSC) finished 3rd. Ethan Hallett (BSC) took 12th, Montgomery Nicholl (BSC) 13th, Justin Jusiak (BSC) 18th and Samuel Foley (KB) 23rd.

Race #2 Ladies: Hannah Goetz (KB) once again took home the gold with teammate Sydney Minier finishing 4th. Abigail Fischer (KB) placed 9th, Elizabeth Graney (KB) 19th and Ingrid Siudzinski (KB) 20th.

Race #2 Men: Daniel Edick (BSC) finished 5th, Jack Schleyer (KB) 13th, Liam Fischer (KB) 14th, Montgomery Nicholl (BSC) 15th, Wilson Siudzinski (KB) 19th, Justin Jusiak (BSC) 25th and Kellen Gradwell* (BSC) 35th.

This wraps up another season of Alpine Racing in Western New York.

This sport takes so much time and work from not only the athletes but coaches, parents, event staffs, volunteers and officials.

Congrats to all Athletes this year and good luck next season!