Words and photos by Meghan LaHatte
The Alpine Team woke up bright and early Wednesday morning to make the long trek to Jackson, Wyoming, forat Snow King Resort. Along the ride we saw all the T-Rexes of Dinosaur, CO, ate at the filling and tasty Betty’s Diner in Vernal, and listened to some interesting podcasts. Well over 10 hours later we arrived in Jackson, where the team would get ready to face racers from the West including various teams from Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado, and Canada.
Day one the team raced Giant Slalom, racing in the frigid morning and bluebird afternoon. The ladies walked away with accomplished times; Sophomore Kyra Long finished in 6th, Sophomore and native to Snow King Resort Maeve Poulson had a solid finish in 31st, Sophomore Abby Davidson landed in 35th after recovering from a slide, and Senior Carley Clegg ended up in 41st out of a field of 74 ladies. The men also put down some solid runs with Junior Tyler Long earning 20th, Freshman Trevor Buongiorno landing 28th, and Sophomore Beck Heidmous in 36th out of a field of 75 men.
The team competed in Slalom day 2, once again racing twice each. The overcast made for freezing temps, but the crew still gave it their all. The ladies had strong finishes with Kyra Long in 13th, Abby Davidson in 18th, Maeve Poulson in 40th, and Carley Clegg just behind her in 41st. The men also carried momentum with Tyler Long earning 18th, Trevor Buongiorno placing 21st, and Beck Heidmous landing in 37th.
The real fun came day three when the team competed in dual slalom events. Giving it their all, the women landed 4th, and the men were able to stand on the podium with bronze.
With the main events wrapped up, the women’s team earned a strong overall place of 6th out of 14 teams for the weekend with the men also earning a well-deserved 8th out of a field of 15 teams. Kyra Long landed an individual spot in nationals after putting in 110% this weekend, and the entire team will travel to Lake Placid, NY to compete in the four-way event alongside Nordic in determination of gaining a national title.