By Caitlin Croft

U21/U19/U16 athletes traveled to Central New York this past weekend to compete in the next races of the Empire Cup Series.

On Saturday, they competed at Greek Peak in Cortland, NY, where Buffalo Ski Club’s James Rauch finished in 6th place. Kissing Bridge’s Gordon Minier finished 11th, Brice Shively (KB) 12th, Christian Meyer (BSC) 16th, Jack Schleyer (KB) 24th and Daniel Edick (BCS) 25th.  Aristotle Ninos (KB) finished 49th, Liam Fischer (KB) 59th, Noah Murray (KB) 68th and Parker Murray (KB) 69th.

Buffalo Ski Club’s Lauren Meyer finished in 16th, with Katie Schlemmer of Kissing Bridge in 20th. Page Haze (KB) placed 27th, Julia Farrell (KB) 40th, Olivia Shortt (KB) 47th and Madison Dziulko (BSC) 50th.

On Sunday, the competition was held at Toggenberg in Fabius, NY. James Rauch of Buffalo Ski Club improved on his previous result almost stepping onto the podium finishing 4th. Christian Meyer (BSC) finished 8th, Gordon Minier (KB) 9th, Bryce Shively (KB) 19th, Jack Schleyer (KB) 29th and Joshua Allegra (KB) 31st. Aristotle Ninos (KB) placed 48th, Liam Fischer (KB) 58th and Noah Murray (KB) 71st.

The ladies had a tough day at Toggenberg. Page Hazen of Kissing Bridge finished 22nd, Grace Graney (KB) 28th, Julia Farrell (KB) 35th, Madison Dziulko (BSC) 44th and Piper Murray 48th.

Holiday Valley hosted the first U12/U10/U8 Niagara Frontier Ski Council (NFSC) race of the season. As in U14’s the younger age bracket has been given a new format this year. It includes less focus on races and more time at an athlete’s home mountain working on skills.

U12 Men (birth years 2005 and 2006): Kissing Bridge’s Garrett Goetz finished in 9th place with Buffalo Ski Club’s Aidan Nyitrai in 12th. Jack Kreuzer (KB) took 17th, Kellen Gradwell (BSC) 18th and Eamon Langdon (BSC) 19th.

U12 Women (birth years 2005 and 2006): Zoe Hallet of Buffalo Ski Club took the silver medal in this opening race. Raegan Kavcic (BSC) finished 9th, Emily Kloc (BSC) 11th and Lillian Rauch (BSC) 12th.

U10 Men (birth years 2007 and 2008): Owen Gray of Buffalo Ski Club finished 8th with teammate Gareth Duckham in 10th.

Next week, U14’s compete locally at Holiday Valley and Buffalo Ski Club. Results to follow!