PCST skiers finish regular season
The final qualifier for the U14 Intermountain Division (IMD) of alpine ski racing took place at Snowbasin Resort Feb. 26-28. Two hundred racers from the IMD region of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming competed in the super G discipline. The series also attracted athletes from Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. The series kicked off with required training runs for both male and female racers Friday morning. Across the three-day series, the athletes competed in three races.
With not a cloud in sight and spring-like temperatures, the first race in the series started Friday afternoon with the U14 girls. Out of a field of 95 competitors, it was Park City Ski Team’s Samantha Wilkinson who had the fastest run of the day. She shared the podium with her teammate, Meagan Brones, who captured fourth place. Other fast female athletes in the top 20 from PCST included A. Jensen (sixth) and L. Macuga (13th).
Racers arrived at the mountain with the sun to take their inspection run prior to day two of super G racing. The format for the day was a U14 boys’ race followed by a U14 girls’ race and then a second U14 boys’ race. In a field of 105 competitors, it was Buey Grossman of Sun Valley who had the fasted time of the day. PCST’s Justin Bigatel was .19 seconds behind him, earning second. Jack Pollard of PCST also skied fast to earn a fifth-place podium spot. Several PCST boys threw down fast runs to finish in the top 20: J. Schaede (sixth), G. Travis (seventh) M. Biskup (11th) and A. Lawson (20th). Late morning, the U14 girls took to the hill to prove who the fastest female of the day was. Lauren Macuga of PCST earned the distinction. She shared the podium with teammates Samantha Wilkinson (fourth) and Ani Jensen (fifth). Other PCST athletes earning top-20 finishes and skiing into points for champs included M. Brones (12th) and M. Hunt (18th). The U14 boys’ second race started just after 2 p.m. Jackson Hole’s Oliver Parazette claimed the top spot on the podium. Jack Pollard of the PCST also threw down a fast run to earn another fifth-place podium spot. It was a solid race for the PCST boys with the following athletes earning top-20 spots: M. Biksup (sixth), G. Travis (ninth), A. Lawson (10th), J. Bigatel (14th) and J. Schaede (17th).
The format on the final day of racing was one run for U14 girls followed by one run for U14 boys. Samantha Wilkinson of PCST skied to the top spot for the girls, one second faster than the competition. PCST’s Meagan Brones also captured a podium spot, taking third. Other U14 PCST girls who managed to ski fast despite slushy snow included A. Jensen (sixth) and L. Macuga (seventh). For the U14 boys, it was Buey Grossman of Jackson Hole with the fastest run, just over a second faster than the competition. PCST had the following boys in the top 20: J. Schaede (11th), J. Bigatel (12th), G. Travis (18th) and D. Thompson (20th).
Based upon points earned this season at the three qualifiers, racers will head to a championship race. The Regional Championships will be held in Jackson Hole March 10-13. The Tri-Divisional Championships will be held at Snowbird March 17-20, and IMD Finals will be held at Snowbasin March 12-13.
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