Killington's Pico Peak recently hosted the Southern Vermont District Slalom ski races, with Rutland High School, Green Mountain Union High School, Burr & Burton Academy (BBA) and Woodstock High School all advancing to the state finals to be held soon. Other school participating in the event included Black River, Mount St. Joseph, Middlebury, Thetford Academy, Rivendell and Long Trail.
The boys' results, which includes slalom and giant slalom, combines each skiers' time total of two runs. Rutland took first place overall with 49 points, while BBA took second place (53 points), Woodstock third (58) and Thetford fourth.
Black River's Dillon Normyle and BBA's Ben Alexopolus both had big days for their respective schools. Normyle took first place in the giant slalom with a combined two-run time of 1:15.00, while Alexopolus finished second at 1:15.23, Rutland's Ed Carey third at 1:17.04 and Long Trail's Bowen Malcom fourth at 1:17.91. Other top ten giant slalom finishes included Austin Blackman of Woodstock, Mark Nebraska and Andrew Sherras of BBA, Matt Frates of Woodstock, Reese Rotella of Rutland and Sawyer Mattson of Woodstock.
In the slalom run, Alexopolus was able to take the top spot with a 1:21.46 combined run, finishing just ahead of you guessed it, Normyle at 1:21.78. Other top ten finishes in the slalom included Woodstock's Sam Harrington (third place, 1:26.95), Green Mountain's Katie Bourque, Woodstock's Hailey Noble, Rutland's Amber Thomas, Woodstock's Kathleen Sheppard and Rutland's Courtney Bliss.
Top ten finishes in the girls' giant slalom included Woodstock's Harrington (third place at 1:23.75), Hailey Noble and Lizzy Miller, BBA's Megan Knight and Chelsea Alexopolus, Woodstock's Kathleen Sheppard and Rutland's Bliss Rutland's Chris Wigmore took the third spot at 1:21.88 and Long Trail's Malcolm finished fourth (1:22.50). Other slalom top ten finishes included Sawyer Mattson of Woodstock, Ed Carey and Reese Rotella of Rutland, Austin Blackman of Woodstock and Dominic Wysolmerski of Rutland.
On the girls' side, Woodstock took first place overall with 34 points, Rutland finished in second with 54 points, BBA third with 80 points and Middlebury fourth. Black River's Hannah Farrow and Rutland's Caitlin Bliss were the big winners, with Farrow winning the slalom (1:25.03) and taking second in the giant slalom, while Bliss took forst in the giant slalom (1:20.89) and second in the slalom (1:25.70).