Kyle Brogan, Ella King win in Giant Slalom opener
Photo Gallery | Berkshire County skiers compete in first giant slalom race
PITTSFIELD — Four different Alpine races, four different Wahconah boys skiers as individual champion.
Kyle Brogan continued the Warriors' dominance on the boys side, registering a time of 29.96 seconds to win the first Giant Slalom event of the season at Bousquet Ski Area.
Brogan follows Brecken Burke, Tanner Hill and Drew Dunham as the other champions from Wahconah over the first three races, respectively. Those were all in slalom.
"I think that's part of the reason that Wahconah is so strong this year," Brogan, a freshman, said. "It's really a team effort. All four of us have won a race and any one of the six A-team kids can win a race. That's what's made Wahconah so strong, it's been the depth."
The boys raced after the girls, and due to the unseasonably warm weather, it made for some tougher skiing.
"The ruts were a lot worse because the snow was really soft tonight," Brogan said. "You kind of have to drive through the turns, and if the ruts are real close to the gates, sometimes you can just ride the ruts and use it to make your time faster."
Rounding out the top five individually were Wahconah's Drew Dunham, Lenox's Andrew King, Taconic's Cody Latimer and Lenox's Connor McNinch.
Another Warrior individual victory meant a fourth team title in as many races for Wahconah, which outlasted second-place Lenox.
On the girls' side, Ella King picked up her second individual victory this season.
She also won the second of three slalom events, sandwiched by victories from Pittsfield's Ali Williamson. That gives each racer two wins through four events this year.
"I love GS, it's so much fun," Ella King, a junior, said. "I haven't really done [GS racing] at all, so it was great to do that."
Despite the win, King said she wasn't thinking too much about being tied with Williamson for total individual victories in 2016.
"Theoretically it's there," King said about a friendly rivalry with Williamson. "But I think we're all just kind of, we might be thinking it inside, but we're all just supportive of each other because it's awesome to have a group of great girls who all ski together."
Rounding out the top five were Monument's Micaela Bartlett, Williamson, Lenox's Taylor Knight and Lenox's Hani Chung.
The Lenox girls team, after finishing second in the opening race of the season, recorded a first-place finish for the third race in a row.
After Monument's girls won the opener, Lenox and Monument tied for first in the second race. Then, Lenox grabbed its first sole victory in the third and final slalom race before winning this first GS race.
"I don't really know what all the standings are," King said. "It's really nice because we have a young team. It's the first year in a while that we've had so many great skiers, so it's nice to see us coming together as a team. I'd love to see our team go to states together."
Team results — 1. Lenox 121.94. 2. Monument Mountain 132.00. 3. Wahconah 144.05. 4. Pittsfield 156.04. 5. Taconic 158.82.
Top 10 finishers — 1. Ella King, Lenox 28.90. 2. Micaela Bartlett, Monument Mountain 29.43. 3. Ali Williamson, Pittsfield 30.24. 4. Taylor Knight, Lenox 30.71. 5. Hani Chung, Lenox 31.06. 6. Alexa Daigle, Lenox 31.27. 7. Brittany Quinn, Wahconah 31.36. 8. Abby Caproni, Lenox 31.50. 9. Carly Terranova, Monument Mountain 32.05. 10. Sophia Smith, Monument Mountain 32.44.
Team results — 1. Wahconah 122.56. 2. Lenox 124.79. 3. Monument Mountain 133.71. 4. Pittsfield 134.51. 5. Taconic 1089.11. 6. St. Joseph 2048.21.
Top 10 finishers — 1. Kyle Brogan, Wahconah 29.96. 2. Drew Dunham, Wahconah 30.07. 3. Andrew King, Lenox 30.49. 4. Cody Latimer, Taconic 30.66. 5. Connor McNinch, Lenox 31.02. 6. Brecken Burke, Wahconah 31.19. 7. Ben Schmitt, Wahconah 31.34. 8. Brighton Sawyer, Monument Mountain 31.37. 9. Devon Atwell, Lenox 31.41. 10. Paul Curtil, Lenox 31.87.
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