Snowbird’s Team U14 came back from cold temperatures and really impressive results in Jackson for our first qualifier. With falling snow and wind blowing sideways, the Snowbird athletes were well prepared for this event. Athletes did an incredible job cheering each other on, carrying coats for each other, and slipping snow out of the track for each other. Parents did a great job supporting the coaching staff with lunches, and offering to help in any way. Even with the most impressive results I have seen on this team with the U14’s, it was the way our team worked together that made me the most proud.
Snowbird athletes stood on every single podium this weekend! Elizabeth Eden was 2nd in the GS, 4th in the first SL, and 3rd in the second SL qualifier. Axl Dain had a fourth-place finish in the GS and a victory in the second SL race. Cedric Sullivan finished 3rd in the GS, 3rd in the first SL, and 2nd in the second day of SL.
Other impressive finishes for the weekend include a 6th and 7th place finish in SL for Cedar Knight, 8th and 10th for Vonn Kunigenas, 13th for Heidi Baudendistel, 11th for Arlo Hochman, 12th for Axl (even with a hike!), 9th place for Kyla Horsley. In the GS, our boys also finished 9th- Cedar Knight- 11th- Vonn Kunigenas, 12th- Arlo Hochman, 13th- Jack Webster– the boys are stacked!
As each run scores points towards championship qualification this year, Hannah MacReynolds and Zachary Carnett both had impressive runs finishing 10th on a run. Our goal going into this race was for each athlete to put down their fastest training runs on race day. As Coach Chip Knight said in one of our meetings, these athletes far exceeded that expectation!
Special shoutout goes to Cedric Sullivan! His results this weekend won him the Overall for this series. As a first-year U14, this is an incredible accomplishment. Cedric has a knack for the fall-line, and has really fast feet. His ability to shorten his arc and get off the ski quickly will give him a lot of success in the future. Way to go Cedric!
– Ben Reeder
U14 Head Coach