Parents, coaches and athletes. Thank You!. We had a great night of ski racing. Two very different course set. A buff course in spite of the balmy temps. Thank you to all the excellent course work by our parents. Thank you gate judges, finish refs, chief gate judges, announcer, photographers, videographers, assistant starters, coaches.... what a terrific team effort. We know how to run an excellent race. Well done.
I got a lot of questions tonight about the rest of the season: YES, WE ARE STILL PRACTICING. We start right back up again tomorrow morning. 9:30AM. We will be on lanes 3, 7, and 8. There may or may not be teams there at 9:30. We are guaranteed those lanes at 10, but come over at 9:30 just in case they are open then. If there isn't room, we will warm up on center chair. We will continue practice next week. Basically the same schedule, but check the website for details later this weekend. We will train until March 8th or 9th, depending on coach availability. Warning: it will be very crowded tomorrow... come a bit early because the drop off lanes might be backed up. They have a full slate of lessons and lots of teams practicing and warm weather which will bring out the public.
Now to the race results. Congratulations to MAST Alum Simon McMahon who notched a nice victory for himself skiing for his new school and my alma mater, Benilde-St. Margaret's. Erik Arnold was only .12 seconds behind Simon in third. Erik posted the fastest second run of the day on a rip-roaring fast course. I bet he wishes he could get another crack it to see if he could break 15 seconds. So close. Andreas was only .03 seconds behind Erik, placing fourth overall. Charlie, Jaxson, Levi and Eli claimed 5th through 7th places. For the girls, Gabby Harritt had another great race, placing second behind one of fastest U16 girl skiers in the upper midwest. Both Nahlah and Meghan had breakout races today, placing third and fourth overall. Great skiing girls. And Vada showed everyone that a month off to recover from thumb surgery didn't slow her down one bit. And Kate Moore finished sixth, putting five MAST skiers in the top six.
I get to brag about my Pod 8 girls who swept 2nd through 8th place in the JV girls race. Lia Rulf had a stellar race placing second, followed by Maddie Graff, Mia Collins, Bret Margolis, Elika Vahhaji, Ramie George and Josie Bitney. It was really fun to see your hard work pay off with some terrific "squared up" skiing this afternoon. In the boys' JV race, Sam Moore, Luke Moertel, Henry Payne, and Eli Kroll placed 4th through 7th. Very strong finishes boys. A special call out to Christopher Fernandez. Today was Christopher's first race of the season. Christopher had never even skied before joining MAST and he not only survived two race runs today, he skied them very well. No missed gates and no falls. And he was carving turns. I am really proud of you Christopher. You have come a long ways this year.
In team scoring, we had a three way tie in the boys' race. I have never seen this before. Three races separated by one point and each team going 1 win and 1 lost.
BSM 28. BSW 27 SW 28
SW 27 WHS 28 WHS 27
On the girls side, Washburn girls went 3 wins and 0 losses. Great team skiing Washburn.
The full results are attached. See separate tabs for girls results, girls jv results, boys results, and boys jv results.
See you all bright and early. I will get video posted yet tonight if I can stay awake. Otherwise.... morning.