Local skiers dominate GS opener
There were 224 skiers at the start for two Intermountain South Series Giant Slalom Races at Brighton Ski Resort Jan. 10-11. For most of the athletes, ranging in age from 10 to 16, these races were the first chance to compete against skiers from the other ski programs in Utah. Local skiers from the Park City Ski Team dominated the result list, in addition to strong finishes from Summit Ski Team skiers as well.
In Saturday’s race in the under-10 division, Brighton’s Connor Stone took advantage on his home hill, finishing first, while Park City Ski Team skier Jeremy Nolting took second place and Daniel Macuga, also PCST, placed third. In the U10 girls’ division, Elisabeth Bocock blazed to first while PCST’s Skylar Sheppard and Summit Ski Team’s Wynter Probert tied for second place.
In the boys’ U12 category, there were 81 skiers on the start list, and Park City Ski Team had 10 skiers placing in the top 15. Carter Sears, PCST, won with a combined time of 1 minute 12.24 seconds, with his teammate Leyton Sheppard joining him on the podium in third with a time of 1:13.80. Park City Ski Team also got a podium finish in the U12 girls’ race, where Mia Hunt placed third with a time of 1:12.69. In this field of 56 girls, Park City Ski Team had 10 skiers in the top 15.
Finally there were 16 men and 19 women racing in the U14 and older division. Summit Ski Team’s Moraya Wilson won among the women with a combined time of 1:12.07 and Michael Biskup from the Park City Ski Team took first in the men’s with a time of 1:16.83.
In Sunday’s giant slalom race, Park City Ski Team’s Jett Sheppard won with a time of 1:33.34. Daniel Macuga, also Park City Ski Team, was third in 1:34.61. Wynter Probert from Summit Ski Team came in second in the U10 girls’ race with a time of 1:29.81 and Greta Goldsmith from Park City Ski Team took third in 1:35.74.
The Park City Ski Team U12 group again had a very strong showing in Sunday’s race, taking five of the top six spots in the boys’ race, and seven out of the top 10 spots in the girls’ race. Park City Ski Team skier Jack Pollard won with a time of 1:24:27, and his teammate Justin Bigatel was close behind in third with a time of 1:24.60. In the U12 girls, Mary Bocock repeated with another win, Mia Hunt placed second and Kennedy Heavrin from Summit Ski Team was third. Moraya Wilson, Summit Ski Team, placed first in the U14 girls’ race with a time of 1:27.04. Sky Jalili, also Summit Ski Team, took second place with a time of 1:29.99.
The next South Series races will be two slaloms held at Park City Mountain Resort Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Athletes will be qualifying for the Intermountain Championships in March.
Park City High School senior Ben Agnew plays several significant roles on the baseball team, but his character off the field is just as important.