The UConn men’s ski team is going to The Dance and a host of racers with local ties placed in the points last weekend.
Former Southington High and Mount Southington racer Austin Florian, now in his second season on the Clarkson University ski team, had a memorable two races at Bromley Mountain, Vermont last weekend. Under cloudless, blue skies on fresh, soft snow, Florian put in two fantastic runs to win Saturday’s slalom. He followed with a second place in Sunday’s race.
The UConn men placed racers in the top 15 in both slaloms, and moved up in the team standings enough to qualify for the Regional Championships. Griffin Struyk finished fourth in Saturday’s race. Richard Scanlon came in 13th out of 68 racers, and former Southington High skier Bobby Chambers followed in 14th place.
On Sunday, Mark Nebraska, Chambers and Scanlon scored for the Huskies. The UConn men ended the regular season fourth in the team standings and will ski again at Sugarloaf, Maine, starting on Feb. 22.
Things didn’t go as well for the UConn ladies. Former Mount Southington racer Kelsie Carlette led the team, taking 12th in the opening slalom. Danielle Scanlon and Denali Graham also scored for UConn.
On Sunday, in the final race of the regular season, the UConn women ran out of speed. They ended the day tied for fifth with UMass in the season team standings. UConn lost the tie breaker by less than two seconds and failed to qualify for the Sugarloaf team events.
Carlette finished the season seventh among the 15 ladies from the MacConnell Division to qualify for the individual races at Sugarloaf.
The Mount Southington ski team was at Thunder Ridge, Massachusetts, for a slalom event last Sunday, and, again, the local boys were the fastest on the mountain. They placed eight racers into the top 10 spots.
Tyler Coenraads finished first overall and took the gold medal for U-14 racers. Eddie Kaftan finished second among the 71 racers in the event. Peter Simplicio followed in third place and captured the gold in U-12 class. Caleb Richert finished fifth, followed by John Emerson in sixth
On the ladies course, Ashley Spreng came in second out of 61 girls and took the gold for U-12 racers. Elise Namnoum finished fourth and captured the bronze medal for U-14 racers.