SARANAC LAKE - Many of New York's top 11- and 12-year-old skiers joined some of the best local alpine racers in the Adirondack Mountains over the weekend for two J4 state championship races.
Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington hosted the athletes on Saturday, March 3 for the giant slalom race, and on Sunday, March 4, Saranac Lake's Mount Pisgah had a huge field of 140 competitors in the slalom.
New York Ski Education Foundation racers found the most success racing on their home slopes at Whiteface in the girls giant slalom, taking four spots in the top 10.
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Members of the New York Ski Education Foundation boys J4 team pose for a picture Saturday, March 3 during an awards ceremony at the Lake Placid Conference Center.
Lake Placid's Alexa Barile led the way, finishing third. Allyson Brunell won the close two-run race with a 1 minute, 45.18 seconds combined time. Gabriella Vasile was second, just .03 back with a 1:45.21 total and Barile finished in 1:45.68.
NYSEF girls then placed fifth, sixth and ninth, with Lillian Silverstein finishing in 1:46.66, Alexa Loudiadis turning in a 1:46.72 total, and Camryn Click clocking a 1:48.04. Gore Mountain skiers Hanno Petro and Camryn Friedlaender skied to respective 15th- and 17th-place results.
Whiteface Mountain's Peter Reynolds had the top finish among the local racers in the boys giant slalom. He placed fourth with a 1:44.59 total.
Mack Hurley took first with a 1:41.88 combined time, Bobby Ryan was second just .12 off the pace, and Thomas Shantler rounded out the podium with a 1:43.98 total.
Evan Scriven and Taylor Quin of Gore Mountain finished eighth and 10th, respectively with 1:45.36 and 1:45.57 totals.
Saranac Lake's Palmer Feinberg finished 19th with a 1:47.20 total.
The J4 state championships then moved over to Mount Pisgah for Sunday's slalom where the going was a little tougher for area skiers.
After skiing to top-10 finishes at Whiteface, NYSEF girls had their share of struggles on Mount Pisgah's course. After putting down a time 46.66 seconds to stand in third place in the opening run, Barile fell near the top of the course on her second run and did not finish.
Meanwhile, Silverstein and Loudiadis were disqualified after missing gates on the second run.
Glick was the top local finisher in the girls race, skiing into 11th place with a 1:36.09 two-run total. She was the only NYSEF racer finishing in the girls top-20. Sarah White was the next top NYSEF finisher, placing 21st in 1:41.50.
Brunell posted her second victory to earn a weekend sweep for the girls, winning the slalom in 1:30.86. Brittany Pollack was second in 1:31.86 and Sophie Saccoccie finished third in 1:32.03.
Patrick Clauss was the top local finisher in the boys slalom, placing 29th in 1:29.04 Feinberg was a little more than a second behind, taking 34th in 1:30.08.
Kai Maier skied to victory by more than a second in the slalom, finishing in 1:21.70. Billy Chabot was runner-up with a 1:22.87 total, and Shantler grabbed his second bronze in as many days, taking third in 1:23.00.