PCST U14s strong in Jackson
January 17, 2015
The U14s of the Park City Ski Team had a great weekend of races in Jackson, Wyoming, Jan. 9-11. This series is part of the qualifying races for Tri Divisional Championships, which only a limited number of racers can attend. It makes for some intense competition as all the athletes are trying to get as many qualifying points as possible. The PCST had a great showing with multiple top-10 and top-15 results and four athletes in the top-five.
The first day was giant slalom, with tough visibility due to a fog layer that had settled in the Jackson valley. Andi Carnell led the way for the PCST women in sixth place with Louisa Keating in 13th and Ella Dingman and Helena Croise tying for 14th. On the men’s side, Clark Bigatel and Max Miller both posted top-10 results with Bigatel in seventh and Miller in 10th.
The athletes were still battling the fog layer on day two of GS, but PCST women had a strong showing, with five girls breaking into the top-15. Hannah Hitchcock charged into sixth place with Heidi Hathorne having two great runs, putting her in seventh. Andi Carnell, Ella Dingman and Louisa Keating all had another solid day with Carnell in 10th, Dingman in 13th and Keating in 15th. Men’s day two of GS had three PCST boys in the top-15, with Max Miller leading the way in sixth, Sam Levine in 12th and Cooper Iacobelli in 14th.
The fog finally lifted for the slalom races on Jan. 11 and the athletes took advantage of the improved visibility. On the women’s side Brynne Hitchcock and Hannah Hitchcock had their first podiums of the season with Brynne in second and Hannah in third. Ella Dingman put two great runs together which resulted in a fifth-place finish. The men’s slalom had four PCST boys in the top-15. Clark Bigatel had his first top-five for the season in fifth, Max Miller finished 11th, Sam Levine finished 12th and Jacob Stone in 15th.
It was a great series of racing for the U14s with some really impressive skiing by all the athletes. The U14s will be home in Park City for more qualifying races Feb. 6-8.