HIGH SCHOOL SKI AND SNOWBOARD TEAM
Snowboarders On Feb. 1 and 2 Mammoth Mountain hosted the final two days of South Division 2 CNISSF qualifiers for Mammoth, Bishop, Rim of the World high school ski and snowboard teams. The races were particularly important as this year there were only three qualifying races. And in order for an athlete to qualify for championships, the athlete must finish two races in the same discipline to qualify for that disciple. For several Mammoth athletes who compete on both Mammoth Ski Team and the high school team, there was even extra pressure as they had missed the first races.
In the ladies snowboard events Bishop’s Paige Lary won all eight of her runs to take the wins for the two slalom and two GS races. Mammoth’s Tyler Brooking was second in all four races with teammates Janelle Weinert taking a third and fourth in the slalom and a third in GS. Hannah Goodwin had a pair of fifth place finishes in the slalom and a fourth place in the GS.
On the men’s snowboard side the Huskies captured the top seven places in both slalom race, giving up only one top five place in the GS. Mammoth’s Kris Martin won all four of his races and Nick Hildebrand came in second in both slalom and GS races. Jacob Fulton had three third place finishes along with a ninth in one GS. Other top ten finishers were Cayden Wilson, Evan Hilliard, Dylan Van Kampen, Andrew Gray and Billy McDaniel.
Skiers There is no denying the Mammoth women dominated the slalom. In the morning, Keely Podosin was the leader after the first run followed by Hallie Clute and Mallory Podosin, Keely’s older sister. Clute came back in the second run with fastest time, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Keely Podosin’s lead, and Keely took the win by .43 seconds. Rounding out the other nine spots were: Mallory Podosin, third; Madison Jayne, fourth; Cary Walker, fifth; Devon Cole, sixth; Melanie Moyer, seventh; Sloane Ramas, eighth; and Rudy Walker, ninth. That afternoon Clute was the top woman after the first run, followed this time by Mallory Podosin the other half of the Podosin duo, sister Keely Podosin took a more conservative route to try to guarantee her spot on the championship team. In the second run Mallory, who already had two race finishes to her name, held nothing back and took the lead and the win by .86 seconds.
On the men’s side, Thursday morning Mammoth took the top five out of six places. The only athlete to break into the pack was Bishop’s Spencer Reid. Reid is one of several racers on the Mammoth and Bishop team doing double duty racing for both MMSST and their high school. Benny Wolfe took the lead after the first run with a time of 36.29, .6 seconds over teammate Aidan LeFrancois. In the second run the roles were reversed with LeFrancois coming back on fire to take the run by 1.77 and the combined time by over a second. Reid was third, with MHS racers Seth Gacho, Mason Forsythe and Julian Leeds in fourth, fifth and sixth. In the afternoon Lefrancois had a problem at the bottom of the course with a missing gate throwing him of a bit. That left the door open for Wolfe to take the lead, and Forsythe came in right behind in second. LeFrancois came back in the second run to take the lead over Forsythe by 1.81, Wolfe was third giving Lefrancois the win over Forsythe by .26 seconds. Wolfe had to settle for third, Reid was fourth, followed by MHS racers Sean Walker, Gacho and Leeds.
On Friday the skiers moved into GS with Mammoth’s women leaving no room in the top ten for competitors from Bishop or RIM. In fact the Husky ladies owned the first 13 places. Again Keely Podosin took the first race with the fastest overall time of the day, beating Benny Wolfe by the slimmest of margins .01 seconds. She was followed by Jayne, Clute, Mallory Podosin, Cary Walker, Audrey Sandvigen, Melanie Moyer, Devon Cole, Sloane Ramas, Cassidy Moyer, Adi Witherall, Olivia Catarossi and Ruby Walker in second through 13th respectively. In the afternoon it was Mallory Podosin who turned on the heat to take the overall win. The four fastest overall times were from the women, with Keely Podosin in second, Hallie Clute in third and Cary Walker in fourth.
In the men’s GS Wolfe took the morning win followed by Le Francois, Sean Walker, and Forsythe. In the afternoon Wolfe again took the win followed by Le Francois. But, in this race Forsythe took the third spot and Sean Walker was fourth.
Link to snowboard results:
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U10 TEAM The Mammoth U10 and U12 teams headed to the Tahoe Basin for the North Series Slaloms on February 3-4. Both teams were originally scheduled to compete in the second USSA race series of the season at Diamond Peak, but due to marginal snow conditions the venue for the U10s was moved to Sugar Bowl. U10 coach Scott Saltzman reported on the conditions at Sugar Bowl saying, “The weather was very warm, but the track held up nicely.”
Winning both runs on Saturday for the U10 women was Northstar’s( (NSST) Lara Huml. She was followed by her teammate Gabi Medeiros. Mammoth’s Margaux Schlumberger was seventh. Joining her in the medals were MMSST’s Addison Koenig in eighth and Aspen Wight in 12th. On Sunday Medeiros and Huml switched places separated by just .15 seconds. Schlumberger moved up to take fourth, with Koenig repeating her eighth place finish and Wight moving up to take 11th. After the races, Wight was asked how she felt about winning a medal? She responded with, “It was really fun winning a medal and I’m so proud of myself and skiing is awesome,” and then she proudly added, “And I backed it up on the second day with a second medal.” Koenig was asked the same question. She answered with, “It was really fun because it was the first time I got a medal at a USSA race. I was really surprised and I worked really hard to do it.”
Saturday, Blaise Turnbull, Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation (KSEF) took the win over his teammate Kash Van Kirk. Luca Vannini (NSST) was third and Mammoth’s Fritz Griffith finished in fourth just .08 seconds behind Vannini. On Sunday Turnbull came back and left little doubt to who was the fastest U10 on the hill. He beat his closest competitor Adam Socolean (NSST) by over five seconds. Heath Rodriguez was Mammoth’s top finisher in sixth place. When asked about Jayden Peck’s result Coach Saltzman noted that he missed the front page coming in 16th, and then he added, “but boy was he close.” When Rodriguez was asked about his weekend, he announced that he was happy winning a medal in the USSA races and “yesterday I got hit by a snowboarder.” Schlumberger summed up her weekend saying it, “Was a great weekend at Sugar Bowl and I felt really proud of myself for getting two medals. I also want congratulate my competitors and teammates.” Saltsman finished with, “We had some good overall skiing, no podiums, but many goals met.”
Link to Sugar Bowl slalom results:
U12 TEAM According to MMSST director Carl Underkoffler, “The Mammoth Mountain Ski Team U12 boys and girls traveled to Diamond Peak at Lake Tahoe over the weekend. The boys field was comprised of 90 athletes and the girls field size was a little over 100. We spent the last few weeks fine tuning our slalom technique and it payed off. There were great performances by the whole group and many achieved their personal best results to date.” Taking the win for the women was Alpine’s Tatum Akers, followed by Kirkwood’s Autumn Ellingford in second and Mammoth’s Piper Wilkison completed the podium in third. Joining Wilkison in the medals were MMST’s Sierra Wight in fifth; Skye Peterson in eighth; Regan Clute in 13th; and Madeline Le Francois in 15th. Just missing the front page was Sophie McMahan in 16th. “The boys had great performances by Greg Gazarian eighth and Grant Schneider 16th,” added Underkoffler. On Sunday the podium remained the same with Akers, Ellingford, and Wilkison again going first, second and third. Mammoth “put four on the first page’ with Wilkison, Wight was 11th; Jenna Lynch moved into 13th; and Peterson was 14th. The boys had Gazarian move up a few spots to fifth and Tristan Barndt skied his way onto the first page in 11th. Underkoffler finished saying, “The athlete of the weekend has to go to Sierra Wight. She trained hard all week and applied what she was doing in training on race day.”
Links to Diamond Peak slalom results:
FIS TEAM After almost a year off due to injury, MMSST’s Mack Carkeet made her return to FIS racing at Schweitzer Mountain Speed Series January 30-February 2. In the first downhill Carkeet was eighth. Her teammate Kendall Lach was 16. The following day Lach was 11th, Carkeet was 17 and Evin Haworth was 20th. When the venue changed to Super G on Saturday, Carkeet was 10th, and Haworth 14th. The second race that day saw Haworth on top for the MMSST ladies in 12th. On the men’s side Thursday Erik Eisen was 14th, and Connor Staley finished 18th. The next day Eisen was 13th. In the super G Staley was 14th, and Anderson 18th. The final race saw Eisen in eighth, and Staley 17th. Also racing at Schweitzer were Charlie Regelbrugge, Bruno Amon-Franceschi, Tommy Teslaa, Casey Felgar, and Max Venezian.
Link to January 30-February 2_Schweitzer Mountain results:
SNOWBOARD AND FREESKI TEAMS MMSST Snowboard and Free ski teams spent the weekend competing in USASA halfpipe contests at home with the competition on Sunday being a REV Tour Qualifier. Climbing to the top of the podium over the weekend were a number of Mammoth athletes including: Freeski Grommet (8-9) Boys, David Gray and Gavin Higashi; Freeski Junior (16-17) Men, Aaron Durlester who won both days; as did Campbell Burrows for the Freeski Menehune (10-11) Boys and Kathryn Gray for the Freeski Menehune (10-11) Girls. Other double winners were Lizetta Dardenne-Ankringa in the Freeski Youth (14-15) Women and Anthony Leyva Jr., Snowboard Breaker (12-13) Boys; and Cara Kellogg in Snowboard Breaker (12-13) Girls; Peter Danner took a win for the Snowboard Junior (16-17) Men. While Sonora Alba, Snowboard Menehune (10-11) Girls; Walter Kim, Snowboard Ruggie (7 & Under) Boys and Charles Gray, Snowboard Youth (14-15) Men were both double winners. In the Snowboard Open Class Women Kinsley White and Tessa Maud split the wins.
Link to USASA halfpipe results:
HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOS BY SUSAN MORNING
U10 PHOTOS FROM SUGAR BOWL BY EMILY VIVIAN AND SCOTT SALTSMAN