The Bolle Age Class heated up for round two at Breckenridge this past weekend. The U14 Super-G race pulled in the usual teams from Summit County, Aspen, Winter Park, Telluride, Durango, Loveland Ski Club, Eldora, and the locals from Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV). Buck Hill Ski Club (we all know who started their racing career there) even came out from the Midwest to compete. “Buck Hill is just that, a hill. It is cool to see a team that is great at super-g despite the fact that they don’t have the biggest training ground for it,” said SSCV’s women’s head coach Robin Chace.
With 108 U14 boys, and 107 U14 girls, there was an impressive amount of talent at the event. SSCV had the most competitors with 35 male racers and 28 female racers. On day one of the event there were two super-g races for the boys and one race for the girls. On Sunday, there were two super-g races for the girls and one for the boys.
The conditions were a bit soft, but there were some exceptional results at the event from these finely tuned local racers. On Saturday in race one, Colby Lange from SSCV won the entire race with a fast time of 1:03.84. Bridger Gile of SSCV had a great day beating over 100 other racers and placed in fourth overall. Brendan Keane, who won the previous Bolle Age Class in Beaver Creek, placed sixth, followed by Jacob Dilling in seventh, and Peer Carnes in eighth. Race two proved just as successful for Lange with a nice second place finish followed by Brendan Keane in fifth, Jacob Dilling in sixth, Gus Leblanc in eighth, Burke Fancher in ninth, and Max Bervy in 10th. Saturday’s girl’s results were just as impressive.
Sylka Snyder from SSCV placed first with a speedy time of 1:09.80. Gretchen Pavelich from SSCV placed second with a speedy time of 1:10.34 followed by Jessica McMurtry from SSCV in fifth, Trinity Chelain in sixth, Dylan Fiore in eighth, and Gigi Kelsey rounding out the top ten in 10th. “Across the board our girls skied better than they did in training yesterday. There are girls that might not have been on the podium today but we are in the point of the season where things are really starting to click for eceryone,” said Chace.
Sunday brought more warm weather and a few new inches of snow. Top ten results from SSCV athletes poured in on the second day of the race. The boys locked down places three through nine with Colby Lange in third, Brendan Keane in fourth, Bridger Gile in fifth, Jacob Dilling in sixth, Gus Leblanc in seventh, Flinn Lazier in eighth, and Cameron Woodland in ninth. Lange landed on the podium in every race of the weekend out of a field of over 100 racers.
During the first girls race of the day Michaela Strizencova placed fifth followed by Dylan Fiore in seventh, and Zoe Livran in ninth. At the second race of the day there were 6 girls in the top ten from SSCV. Michaela Strizencova bumped up her rank from earlier in the day and ended in third. Following Strizencova was Sylka Snyder in fifth, Lily Dines in sixth, Zoe Livran in seventh, Emma Hall in eighth, and Anna Scott in ninth.
“Everyone skied well this weekend. Athletes from every team skied really well. I think it was due to the fact that everyone got an extra inspection run at the start of the competition,” said Chace.