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PCST all smiles at David Wright Memorial

Submitted by Park City Ski Team

U12 alpine racers celebrate on the podium during the Intermountain Division South Series at PCMR Feb. 1-2. Samantha Wilkinson, left, and Harry Hoffman, right, collected the David Wright overall honors. Photo courtesy of Heather Pollard

With glimpses of blue sky peeking out of the clouds, Intermountain Division South Series racers took to the hill to compete in the first slalom qualifier of the season on Feb. 1-2 at Park City Mountain Resort. The Park City Ski Team (PCST) hosted the event on CBs run. PCST athletes represented were Devo, under-12 and Warriors.

On Saturday, in tough snow conditions, Caeli Sherman captured second place and Emerson Glusker took fourth in the girls’ U10 division. For the U12 girls, it was Samantha Wilkinson in second, Ani Jensen in third and Grace Sherman in fourth.

In the boys’ U10 division, Harry Hoffman captured first place, Stefan Brennwald finished second, and Dillon Bush finished just off the podium in fourth. In the highly competitive U12 boys’ division, Tommy Hoffman was first, Jack Pollard second and Justin Bigatel fourth.

On Sunday, the racers came back out under sunny skies for more slalom skiing. In the U10 girls’ division, Emerson Glusker was second and Caeli Sherman third. For the U12 girls, Samantha Wilkinson captured first and Grace Sherman took fourth. For the boys’ U10, it was Harry Hoffman in first, Espen Hunt in third and Cameron Iacobelli in fourth. In the U12 boys’ division, it was Tommy Hoffman in first, Justin Bigatel in third and Jack Pollard in fifth.

The David Wright Memorial Overall Award went to the top U12 male and female of the series. The female and male awards were captured by PCST athletes Samantha Wilkinson and Tommy Hoffman, respectively.

"In the first slalom race of the season, the PCST kids came out and proved their ability to ski at a very competitive level through a field of deep competition," said Jason Lance, head U12 coach. "The conditions were especially tough with the weather earlier in the week but the kids stepped up and skied the hill well."

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