By Danny Silverston and Bennett Walkes
In their third race of the year, the Alpine Ski team faced tough competition from other Massachusetts Bay West league teams in the slalom race. The boys’ team finished sixth in a field of eight teams, scoring 386 points while the girls’ team finished fifth with 410 points.
Due to unfavorable warm temperatures, there was little snow at Nashoba Valley where the meet took place. The team was unable to practice at the mountain prior to the meet due to poor conditions as well. Junior Sam Canavan noted that despite the conditions making it difficult for skiers, the team saw some successes.
“Because of the fact that there was very little snow, the course was very challenging resulting in a lot of falls. As a team we only had one fall and multiple people place highly for both the boys and the girls team.”
Despite the poor conditions, both the boys and the girls teams saw strong individual performances in the giant slalom. Junior captain Chace Khan placed third in a field of forty varsity skiers for the boys, finishing with a time of 22.64 seconds.
Freshman Nicholas Whitman and junior Alec Liberman also raced well, coming in 27th and 31st respectively.
On the girls’ side, freshman Maddie Bray led the charge as she placed second with a time of 22.58 seconds. Charlotte Doran placed ninth along with Jessica Whitman coming in eighteenth.
In the JV race, freshman Gal Rocabado had an exceptional outing. In her very first giant slalom race, she placed 16th, and secured a spot on the varsity team for the remainder of the season.
Senior captain Katie Goldstein was satisfied with the team’s performance, noting that Giant Slalom is the team’s best event.
“We’ve been practicing since the beginning of the season, so we feel confident about it.”
Goldstein remarked that the team is not as confident in slalom races. These races feature tighter consecutive turns as opposed to the wider turns of giant slalom. As a team they have only had two slalom practices. Regardless, Goldstein is sure that the team looks will be well-prepared for slalom races.
“I have an optimistic look for slalom races in the future,” she said.
At each meet, the Newton South Ski team faces all other teams in the Mass Bay West league. This league includes many competitive teams. Westford Academy is the leading school for the boys division, while Acton-Boxboro leads the girls division. However, Newton South is not far behind in points. As the season progresses, Newton South has the potential to rise in the standings.
The Lions have another race on Tuesday, giving them a chance improve their times before the highly anticipated All State Meet.