Welcome back! With the start of the new year, comes the start of a new season in the USCSA Thompson Division, and our team is more ready than ever! After weekly dry land training sessions in the fall and three days of Winter Camp with the Bromley Outing Club at Bromley Mountain, both teams went into the first race weekend hungry for the win. This year we have seven new racers who were put up, and accepted, the challenge of being a part of the three time undefeated Thompson Division Champions.
To start out the weekend, both the mens and women team were faced with a technical slalom course on T2, one of Sunday Rivers best race hills. For some of our athletes, the Sunday River slalom is a tough one since a huge section of the course is on the flats. This is also the first time in almost a year our athletes have been put into the start gate and had to mentally prepare for the course ahead of them. After the first run, the Huskies were stacked in the top 30, both seeded first overall for teams. For those of you new to the Thompson Division, second run start order is decided based off the Show. To break it down, we do a complete flip of the field, take out the best three racers from each team and put them in the back. We then order the teams by last place to best place, which usually puts the best 15 in the back of the pack. This race we had three athletes who had never been in the show place top three for Northeastern; Olivia Maeder, Maura Rapposelli, and Charlie Denhart. After a challenging set for second run, the girls grabbed 2nd, 5th, and 12th, while the boys took 2nd, 5th, and 6th, putting both teams in first place! Even though we lost some of our top skiers last year, the huskies still know how to put on a good show!
Going into Sunday, there were some nerves about racing GS on Monday Mourning, since for many this is the first time they will be in GS all season. Inspection showed a fun, open course with a couple of under gates, that really allowed you to carry your speed through the flats. At the start, in typical Thompson fashion, you could hear music blasting and people cheering for their team mates. On race days, you see nothing but support from team mate to team mate and even team to team, which can really help for those who have never skied something like GS on Monday Mourning. Right off the bat, both teams had athletes placing in the top, most notably Bennett Hadley, who had placed 5th in the first run, his highest recorded standing yet. With second run being order with the Show we had Emily Visnic, Elyse Dinan, and Casey Ross representing the women and Damian Kozak, Bennett Hadley, and Peter Sugar representing the men. One of the best parts of the Show is having all your teammates waiting at the finish to see how their top three do. In the end, even after some fell, the Women’s team grabbed the W with 2nd, 9th, and 10th place and the Men came in second with 2nd, 10th, and 11th place.
For the first race of the season, we couldn’t be more proud of how everyone did! With some being in the Show for the first time and others representing Northeastern for the first time, the results fro the first Sunday River race were better than we could have ever asked for! We’d like to take this time to thank the Bromley Outing Club and Bromley Mountain for hosting us for training camp this year, the Visnic’s, Maeder’s, and the MacEwen’s for giving us a place to stay during training camp, and the Piispanen’s and Paul’s for providing us with lunch during the weekend! We wouldn’t have all these opportunities without help from our friends and families, so thank you! Stay tuned for the recap from our weekend at Bromley, the sunshine mountain!
- Brendon Stearns going from last seed to 7th place in SL
- Olivia Maeder and Maura Rapposelli skiing in the Show for the first time in SL
- Charlie Denhart taking 5th place in his first race as a Husky
- Over all 19 Huskies placing in the top 30 in SL
- Both teams placing 1st in SL
- Bennett Hadley placing 5th on his first run in the GS
- Emily Visnic taking 2nd place both days
- Emerson Boyd placing 10th in the SL, highest recorded finish
- Matthew Piispanen placing 11th in the SL, highest recorded finish
- The Women’s Team placing 1st in the GS, and the Men’s Team placing 2nd