By Caitlin Croft
A group of Holiday Valley’s and HoliMont’s best athletes headed to Sunday River Resort in Maine last week for the U14 Eastern Championships. The race is the stiffest competition our Ellicottville athletes will see on the east coast with racers from throughout New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. The event took place over four days – a training day, followed by three race days.
Day 2 – Slalom
Women: Cassidy Creager of Holiday Valley took 36th, Lauren Thomas (HV) took 40th, Sierra Cappelli (HV) was 44th and Hayly Fredrickson (HV) took 47th.
Men: Holiday Valley’s Laz Rifkin was the lone male survivor from Ellicottville and finished 35th in his race.
Day 3 – Giant Slalom
Women: Lauren Thomas took 24th, Logan Fredrickson was 40th, Cassidy Creager was 42nd, Hayly Fredrickson was 47th, Sierra Cappelli was 48th and Caroline DeRose was 54th.
Men: Lucas Johnson, the only HoliMont athlete at the event, finished 31st. He was closely followed by Lax Rifkin in 35th, Alexander Wojnowski in 36th and Dalton Potter in 39th.
Day 4 – Super G
Women: Caroline DeRose had a breakout performance as a first year U14 cracking the top 20 with an 18th place finish. Hayly Fredrickson took 26th followed by Logan Fredrickson at 29th, Lauren Thomas at 30th, Cassidy Creager at 38th and Sierra Cappelli at 56th. These athletes showed they can hang with the big dogs in the speed events! Congratulations!
Men: Alec Nolan finished his first race of the series with a phenomenal 20th place! Alex Wojnowski finished 29th, Cameron Johnson was 39th, Dalton Potter was 41st and Laz Rifkin came in 42nd.
Congratulations to all athletes that went as far as they could go this season and to all other competitors who had a successful season, as well. Stay tuned next week as we wrap up with the U16 CanAm Results!