Good Evening MAST Families:
Great day at Wild Mt. The race was well run. Our athletes were simply wonderful. Not just their skiing, but their spirit on the hill and support for each other. And their results speak loudly about how far they have come.
The Washburn Girls: First Place.
The Washburn Boys: Second Place.
The Southwest Girls: Third Place.
Three of the six podium spots were taken by our skiers. Excellent. But there is also room for improvement, so that is good news as well.
Here are some other highlights.
Gabby Harritt finished high on the podium in third place and Lucy Renz had a breakthrough performance finishing in fifth place.
Simon Showalter-Loch was our top finisher on the boys' side in thirteenth place and close behind in 15th was Levi Ehlers.
All of the hard work you put in working the drills to build the skills paid off. It was fun to see our 36 athletes execute good technique through all six seeds. How good? Well, Beckett beat all of the other athletes in the fourth seed and Finn beat all the athletes in the fifth seed. Or look at it this way.
Kate Moore started 84th and finished 22nd. Elli George started 85th and finished 27th. Ingrid Hartzell started 101st and finished 35th. Julia Westphal started 125th and finished 34th. Mila Voyakin started 126th and finished 42nd. Maddie Graff started 127th and finished 52nd. Julia Maurice was an alternate who got called into duty at the last minute and finished 53rd. For the boys, Beckett Wedren started 92nd and finished 22nd. Finn Cherveny started 120th and finished 25th. Evan Byron started 149th and finished 43rd. These are outstanding results from our late seed skiers on a track that deteriorated quickly to toss and jostle our athletes in every direction possible. They rode the bull beautifully.
Thank you to all the coaches and parents who did outstanding work in support of our athletes. A great first start. Let's keep busting our rears to continue the improvement growth.
Attached is a packing list for Giants Ridge. Please tune your skis and leave a nice layer of wax un-scraped for the ride up to camp. Please pack your skis and poles in a ski bag if you have one. Camp Chicagami sets up a large space for us to tune our skis. We are in need of tuning tables, vices and irons. Please let me know if you have a table that you can and will bring to camp. And if you have an iron and vices, bring them.
Calling all singers, musicians, poets, magicians, storytellers, mimes, comedians, contortionists, dancers and anyone who can think up an act: enter the MAST Talent Show scheduled for our final night at camp. You are welcome to bring your instrument to camp. If anyone has an electric piano they can send with us, we could use one. The piano we have been using for the last 10 years in now retired as the family has graduated out of MAST.
Meet the bus at Washburn at 6am.
Team Snap Refunds
Anyone who paid for a lift ticket to Wild for the Wild Invite and anyone who paid for the now cancelled Supplemental Training on Dec 17th should have received notice of a refund from Team Snap yesterday. Please watch your credit card account to make sure you received your refund. This may take a couple of weeks unfortunately. Let me know if you do not receive your refund.
Coffee/Salsa Pick Up Reminder
Finally, don't forget to pick up any coffee and/or salsa you ordered tomorrow between 2 and 3PM at Fuller Park on 48th and Grand. For those not able to stop by on Saturday, your orders can be picked up at Hope White’s home at 4945 Clinton Avenue South on Sunday, December 18th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
That's all for now. Week Six and winter break are around the corner. Take advantage of the opportunities to ski. If you are going West to ski over break, use the time to work hard on your skills. And have fun. Send pictures. Make us all jealous.