Good Evening MAST Athletes, Coaches, Parents and Friends:
We had crisp temps and sunny skies for our second Metro East Conference Race. I want to say THANK YOU to all of our parents and coaches who worked today’s race. Once again, the race ran incredibly well. Because of your efforts, every member, of every team, in our Metro East Conference was given the opportunity to race in a high quality race. You braved the cold and did quality work on the hill. Once again, all athletes had the experience of testing their skills in a race that was fairly and efficiently administered against some pretty tough competition. Thank you parents for supporting our athletes. Thank you for sticking around for awards. Our athletes worked hard to land on the podium and deserve to have the team embrace their success.
We need your help again on Wednesday. Please sign up to work. Wednesday, January 17th at Hyland (4:30PM Start)
And the results turned out quite favorably for Minneapolis skiers. The Washburn girls skied very well as a team to finish in first place. Southwest placed second and MAST placed fourth. Gabby Harritt and Lia Rulf landed on the podium in second and third place respectively. In fact, Mpls skiers placed six in the top seven and seven in the top nine. This is something we are used to seeing from Hill-Murray. Today was your turn to shine. For the girls skiing JV, Mpls placed four in the top seven in a field of thirty-two. Ilsa Beck placed second, Lily Jorgenson fourth, Norah Elden sixth and Madeline Gray seventh.
Like the girls, the Washburn boys skied well as a team today. Three boys stacked into the top ten: Becket Wedren (7th), Finn Cherveny (8th) and Jack Bajek (9th). They led their team to a second place finish in team scoring. Parker Hunt and Levi Ehlers had some bad luck on the second run. Parker had to forgo his start due to a broken toe piece on his binding after finishing 7th on the first run. And Levi, who was sitting in sixth place, took a nasty fall on the second run as he neared the finish line. Do NOT pat Levi on the back for a few days. He is going to be a bit tender for a spell.
We have another race already on Wednesday. Take what you learned today and work on it in practice tomorrow. Some observations from coaches knoll:
OUTSIDE SKI....everyone needs to quiet the upper body, square the shoulders as the skis enter the fall line, keep the weight solidly over the outside ski UNTIL the direction change is completed and you have cleared the gate. The skis need to bend and ski right back under your hips in the turn completion phase of the turn so you can transfer your weight efficiently to the new ski in the transition. All this will happen beautifully, even elegantly, if you stay perched over the outside ski and let the ski work as a tool underneath you.
ATTACK the steeps. Some of you get stiff and timid as you come onto the steeper sections of the hill. Your weight goes to your tails instead of to the fore of the ski. Instead, move the hips to the tips as you charge into the fall line. Make sure your skis have maximum edge angle to give yourself a platform to push against and bend the ski. You can’t bend the ski and tighten your arc when the skis are flat on the snow. Keep the flexion in your ankles—shins pressing into the front of your boots to keep your weight to the fore of your ski. Keep the upper body pressed over the outside ski and your chest facing downhill of the outside ski.
KEEP SUPPORTING EACH OTHER. We are going to continue to assign race day buddies. Keep cheering for each other in the start and at the finish. It is a beautiful sound to hear from the middle of the hill.
See you at practice tomorrow. And don't forget to sign up for Supplemental Training on Saturday... back at Wild Mt. Make the hill your home hill.
Sign Up Here: Jan. 20th Supplemental Training Registration