Taconic girls, Monument boys win in Alpine; Pfeiffer completes giant slalom sweep
PITTSFIELD -- Monument Mountain Alpine ski coach Peter Dunham compares the rivalry between his girls ski team and Taconic's to that of the Red Sox and Yankees.
Minus the salaries and egos, the two teams competed in another tight race at Bousquet Ski Area on Wednesday.
This time, the Taconic girls took the victory with an aggregate time of 187.82 to Monument's 190.09. The Pittsfield girls finished third in 198.35.
"It's always a battle with Monument," Taconic coach Marc Latimer said.
"I'm happy for Emily Martin [of Monument]; she got her first win of the season. ... It's a core group that Pete's got, and we've been battling back and forth for the past four years."
Monument skiers took the top two spots, as Martin and Micaela Bartlett finished with times of 44.96 and 45.43 seconds, respectively. However, the Braves put five skiers in the top 11 to gain the team victory. Michaela Craft was the top finisher (third) for Taconic with a time of 45.81. Jill Scussel followed with a time of 45.88.
"All the girls have been working hard on the weekends and at night during our practices," Latimer said. "They were determined to do better than they were doing the past weeks."
Ali Williamson was the top finisher for Pittsfield (fifth), while Ella King (seventh) was the top finisher for Lenox.
On the boys side, Monument finished first in 181.44. Pittsfield finished second in 190.90, followed by Greylock with 195.18.
Monument's Trent Pfeiffer completed the season sweep of the giant slalom races with his time of 42.43. Greylock's Ryan Kuhn and Pittsfield's Garrett Dempsey finished second and third with times of 43.16 and 44.89, respectively.
For Pfeiffer, Dunham said the season that he's having success so far is a factor of the growth he's showing as a skier.
"Trent has been somebody that's been maturing over the past few years, and as a junior, he's really found it," he said. "He's really calmed himself down and focused on the precision of ski racing."
Brecken Burke (seventh) was the top finisher for Wahconah. Connor McNinch (eighth) was the top finisher for Lenox.
Latimer said the conditions of the course were the best he's seen all year. He credited the crew at Bousquet for the preparation heading into the race, and for producing a fast track for the skiers.
With slalom season approaching, Dunham said that he's happy with the mix of youth and veteran leadership provided by Pfeiffer and Martin. He added Pfeiffer has his sights set on winning the next three races, in addition to preparing for the state meet.
"[Slalom] is a whole different beast," Dunham said. "We'll have one more practice this week, then we'll get after it on Monday. We'll put our best foot forward and hopefully that's enough."
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