Park City Ski Team tests slalom skills at Snowbird
Macuga grabs a pair of first-place finishes for PCST
The Park Record
Park City Ski Team (PCST) Under-12 (U12) and Devo athletes traveled to Snowbird from Feb. 4-5 for two runs of slalom each day. After three weeks of intensive slalom training at both Park City Mountain and the Utah Olympic Park, PCST U12s were excited to test their new technical skills. The overall field included 257 racers from nine teams. Warm temperatures, soft snow and variable weather made conditions challenging, but Park City athletes fared well, showing marked improvement and earning top podium spots over the course of the two-day race.
Saturday kicked off with the U10 Women’s division, as athletes navigated tightly spaced gates considerably taller than the racers themselves. After the second run, Dyllan Guay of Ogden Valley earned first place, with PCST’s Talise Larsh in second. PCST teammates Sonja Preston (4th), Mackenzie Meirowitz (8th) and Addison Witt (9th) also claimed top spots.
For the U10 Men, Jack Hoffman of Rowmark won first place and Park City’s John Scanlon took second. PCST racers in the Top 15 include Zeke Sherman (4th), Vince Billanti (5th), Lee Curtis (7th), Ian Marsland (8th), Ashland Stein (12th) and Max Dobrovinsky (12th).
For the U12 Women, Elisabeth Bocock from Snowbird claimed first place on Saturday, with PCST athlete MacLaren Tyrrell in second. Other PCST racers placing in the Top 15 include Greta Goldsmith (10th), Camden Goodman (12th) and Charlie Iacobelli (13th). Among U12 Men, Park City took three of the top four spots, ranking Daniel Macuga (1st), Michael Grossniklaus (2nd) and Roman Elvidge (4th). Andrew Dana (7th), Griffen Rogers (10th), Jett Sheppard (12th) and Jurgen Cox (14th) also earned top finishes.
Sunday’s course proved a tough task for the U10s and, in the women’s division, one-third of the racers missed gates and disqualified on the first run. At the end of the day, Dyllan Guay of Ogden Valley again topped the podium, with PCST’s Talise Larsh (3rd), Mackenzie Meirowitz (6th) and Addison Witt (9th) also earning top spots. For the U10 Men, PCST racer Ian Marsland battled to first place, with teammates Vince Billanti (3rd), Lee Curtis (8th) and Ashland Stein (10th) also placing in the Top 15.
On Sunday morning, PCST coaches challenged U12 athletes to bring their A-game to the start gate, and racers delivered with top finishes and boisterous team spirit. Park City dominated the U12 Women’s podium, claiming four of the top five spots: Skylar Sheppard (1st), Stella Buchheister (2nd), Greta Goldsmith (3rd) and Camden Goodman (5th). Other PCST athletes in the Top 15 include Lena Polster (10th), Sophie Neff (13th), Charlie Iacobelli (14th), and Lillie Walden (15th).
For the U12 Men, PCST’s Daniel Macuga again won first place. Teammates also ranking in the Top 15 include Wade Kelly (2nd), Michael Grossniklaus (4th), Gabriel Sullivan (7th), Austin Aten (11th) and Tyler Rock (15th).
Park City Ski Team U12s will next race Feb. 25-26 at Sundance Resort, where they will ski one slalom and one giant slalom event. To learn more about the Park City Ski Team, please visit parkcityskiteam.org.
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