PCST skiers host David Wright race
Under bluebird skies with unseasonably warm temperatures, the Intermountain Division South Series converged at Park City for the annual David Wright Memorial Feb. 27-28 for an exciting weekend of giant slalom and slalom ski racing. The weekend’s race brought over 260 racers from Utah and Colorado competing in the U10, U12 and U14 age groups. The PCST racers held their own at every level against a field of extremely high-level competition.
In Saturday’s giant slalom race on Park City’s CB’s course, the U10 girls’ top finisher was Alina Horsley of Snowbird, with PCST’s Annika Hunt close behind in second place and Stella Buchheister in fifth place. Camden Goodman also finished in the top 10 in eighth place. On the boys’ side, it was Bruce Stewart of Colorado’s Ski and Snowbird Club Vail topping the U10 field in first place. PCST had five athletes in the top ten with Andrew Dana in fourth place, followed consecutively by Wade Kelly (fifth), August Helen (sixth), Austin Aten (seventh) and Reid Vandenberg (eighth).
For the girls’ U12 category, Kjersti Moritz of SSCV took first place. PCST had two finishers in the top 10, Ava Kelly in seventh place and Madison Kaiserman in ninth. Sebastian Kohlhofer of SSCV was the top finisher in the boys’ U12, with Bjorn Karlen of PCST in third place. PCST’s Harry Hoffman finished in fifth, with teammates Dillon Bush in sixth and Jack Abuhaidar in 10th place.
Audrey Brown of Snowbird was the first-place finisher in the girls’ U14. PCST had two athletes in the top 10 — Bretta Stangeland in fifth place and Anna Diamond in eighth. On the boys’ side in U14, PCST’s own Thomas Vandenberg and Alex Dobrovinsky snagged first- and second-place finishes, with teammate Jason Fastre in sixth place.
PCST shined as bright as the sun in the slalom events on Sunday. For the girls’ U10, Alina Horsley of Snowbird finished first, with PCST’s Camden Goodman just behind her in second place. PCST’s Annika Hunt and Stella Buchheister both had top-10 finishes in sixth and eighth place. On the boys’ side, Bruce Stewart of SSCV was the top finisher with PCST’s Wade Kelly (fourth), Andrew Dana (fifth), August Helen (seventh), Austin Aten (eighth) and Reid Vandenberg (10th) all finishing in the top 10.
For the girls’ U12, it was SSCV’s Kaitlin Keane taking the top podium position. PCST had five athletes in the top 10, including Fiona Sawyer (fourth), Ava Kelly (fifth), Madison Kaiserman (sixth), Emerson Glusker (eighth) and Skylar Sheppard (10th). Sebastian Kohlhofer of SSCV took the top place for the boys’ U12. PCST again had five athletes in the top 10, including Harry Hoffman (third), Bjorn Karlen (fifth), Dillon Bush (seventh), Cameron Iacobelli (eighth) and Birken Silitch (10th).
Finally, in the U14 category, PCST’s Ana Kaiserman took the top position on the podium, with teammate Amelia Walden finishing in sixth place. For the boys, it was PCST’s Thomas Vandenberg in first, while PCST’s John Tiranno finished in fourth.
The David Wright Memorial Cup was awarded to the overall fastest boy and girl of the weekend. SSCV’s Kaitlin Keane and Sebastian Kohlhofer were bestowed the honor of the fastest overall racers of the weekend.
It’s been an incredible racing season for PCST’s youngest racers and many of the young athletes will be heading to McCall, Idaho, for the Intermountain Division Championships held March 11-13 for a weekend of racing dual giant slalom, giant slalom and slalom against the best ski racers from Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.
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