Park City Ski Team awards and recognition
May 8, 2009
This ski-racing season saw Park City Ski Team (PCST) athletes compete and perform at every level of competition from the Youth Ski League to the U.S. National Championships. Due to the swine flu scare in Park City, the PCST Awards Banquet scheduled for last Friday night was cancelled. Given the outstanding season that the PCST enjoyed, award recipients are listed below for each level of the program and for program-wide awards. A series of athlete skits and "the season in video" presentations were to be included with the presentation of awards and a celebration of the year at the banquet.
Our 30 Devo Team members (ages 9 to 10) enjoyed some great all-mountain skiing, a few days of race training and a mix of Youth Ski League and South Series races including those at Park City, The Canyons, Brighton, Snow Basin, Snowbird and Brian Head. The Devo group, as always, led the way in depth of results at these events. All Devos are presented with a recognition award at the PCST banquet, along with some entertaining stories from Head Coach Dar Hendrickson and his staff.
The 38 J4s and J5s (ages 10 to 12) on the PCST C Team raced at all South Series events and 13 of them qualified to the J4 Derby, the top level of competition within the Intermountain J4 structure. PCST C Team athletes placed in the top three at South Series events 33 times this season.
C Team awards:
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B Team J3s
Head Coach Ben Sinclair was quoted as calling this a "dream season" for the J3s (ages 13 to 14). The J3 group of 40 athletes competed in a series of Junior Olympic qualifying events throughout the Intermountain Division and a few Open Series races where they competed with the older IMD athletes. At the JO qualifiers, PCST athletes placed in the top three 24 times and 23 PCST athletes qualified to the Junior Olympics, more than any other race program in the West.
A Team/B Team J1/2s
This group of 30 athletes (ages 15 to 19) competed in strong numbers at every level of junior racing in the U.S., Canada, and some internationally. Through the U.S. Ski Association’s points ranking system, 13 PCST athletes ended the season ranked in the top 15 for their age in the country. Six PCST athletes competed at the U.S. National Championships, eight raced at the NorAm level, six qualified for the Junior 2 National Championships and 12 qualified for the Western Region Junior Championships. Based on results from the season-long Western Region FIS Elite series, PCST women won six of the Western Region Junior Awards: Danielle Govan first in Slalom, Jamie Dupratt — second in Slalom, Kate Williams — first in Giant Slalom and Rose Caston — first in Super G and Downhill and second in Giant Slalom. Overall, PCST athletes had 66 top three finishes in races this season. Head Coach Patrick Purcell prepared a long list of accomplishments to present at the banquet. In summary, this was an extremely talented group. We wish all of our graduating athletes a great future in continued ski racing and in life.
J1/2 Program awards:
Most Improved — Nic Scalia and Jamie Dupratt
Alpine Achievement — Christoph Lentz
Conditioning Excellence — Derek Strand
Junior 2 Hard Charger — Sam Dupratt
Sportsmanship — Jessica Karz and Jake Fojtik
Come Back Awards — Stephen Perry and Taylor Guetschow
Top Performers — Kate Williams and Charlie Reynolds
Sixth grade — 4.0 — Lee McMahon, David Domonoske, Ian Griffith, Jake Maschoff,
Tucker Mirams and Romain Astie
Seventh grade — 4.0 — Katie Hitchcock, Hannah Hunsacker and Carter Reynolds
Eighth grade — 4.0 — Rachel Jakob, Riley Reek & Eric Hanaman
Ninth grade — 3.92 — Gabriela D’Elia and Keegan Swenson
Tenth grade — 4.0 — Katie Bernhard
Eleventh grade — 3.89 — Christoph Lentz
Twelfth grade — 3.70 — Taylor Guetschow
As the Park City Ski Team continues to be a leading junior alpine program within Intermountain, the western region and the country, it is with pride that we celebrate a great 2008-2009 ski-racing season. We now prepare for a new season of hard work, fun and success.