The first race of the season will most likely have implications later on for the Weston High boys and girls ski teams.
All in all, it was not a bad start for the Trojans, who traveled to Mount Southington last Wednesday, Jan. 10. Both teams defeated three of the four opponent they faced.
A team time of 291.74 seconds also put the Weston boys second out of 12 teams on the mountain. Such allowed them victories over Ridgefield (293.98), Southington (330.46) and Hand (315.57).
However, they were a few seconds behind Wilton (286.68). Depending on how things go the rest of the season this could determine the eventual state Class S champion, which is based on team records within this division.
Overall, it was a large field of skiers with more than 100 on the mountain. Weston had four in the top 20.
Jon Buddenhagen led the way, finishing sixth with a combined time of 46.58, 0.01 second behind Wilton’s Roger Hueglin. Two Trojan skiers had back-to-back times as Chase Pomerantz was 12th in 47.69 and Dave Gardell was next in 47.77.
Pete Gardell was 19th in 48.23. Chris Mac took 24th in 49.72. Completing the scoring for Weston, Harry Manning was 34th in 51.25.
Also in the varsity race, Travis Whitmore was 37th in 51.85. Finishing in succession were Benson Kane (51st) and Kieran Wrynn (52nd), who posted times of 53.61 and 53.84 respectively.
It was the same situation for the Weston girls, who also beat three of the four competitors they faced. A time of 313.52 put them past Ridgefield (319.94), Southington (364.07) and Hand (381.67) but behind Wilton (309.86).
Weston had the fastest individual time on the mountain. Shelby Merberg led the field in 47.95.
She was one of three Weston skiers in the top 20. Anna Dickstein was 18th in 52.35, beating Barlow’s Heather Ward by 0.01 second. In 20th was Emma Cook in 52.40.
Taking 25th, Katherine Marra finished in 53.28. Completing the scoring for the Trojans, Sarah Radisch (27th) and Alex Fontaine (28th) posted times of 53.47 and 54.07 respectively.
Also in the race, Ina Andresen was 30th in 54.38. Natalie Schanzer was five places later in 55.50.
Taking 38th was Greta Guthrie in 56.53, 0.01 second behind Amity’s Sandra Didonati. Haley Singer fell on her first run but finished the race and fared much better on her second to place 58th overall in 64.71, 0.01 second ahead of Hand’s Nicole Harvey.
Weston resumes its schedule on Jan. 31 when it takes on Amity, Danbury (boys), Litchfield (boys), St. Lukes (boys) and Branford.Weston takes to the slopes