The second Smartwool Series race took place this past Saturday and Sunday. Athletes earned FIS points in their respective age groups. A week ago local boys from Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) landed podium spots at the Surefoot race. This past weekend local girls from SSCV came out strong and landed podium results.
The Smartwool Series is no small time race. With a deep field of over 70 girls from numerous clubs, and even a few colleges like the University of New Mexico, it is the perfect race for alpine athletes to step up there race game and compete with seasoned veterans.
Local athlete Abigail Murer from SSCV had an incredible day racing Giant Slalom on Saturday winning her U16 division and landing in third place overall. The U16 division was the largest division at the competition. Leah Newton from SSCV placed 12th overall and Genevieve Soden placed 15th overall.
Although Saturday was a phenomenal day from Murer, Sunday proved even better for the young racer. Murer ended in second place on day two of the Giant Slalom race. Genevieve Soden sped up her time from day one and landed in 10th place overall on day two. Lauren Viola from SSCV had a huge improvement from day one to day two. On Saturday she placed 29th but improved her time on Sunday and finished in 13th.
On the boy’s side of the race, Jack Keane had a solid and consistent performance as usual. Keane ended in a respectable 15th place on Saturday and a 14th place on Sunday. Luke Vickerman skied well on Sunday and ended in 18th place.