VHS Ski Coach Pete Toye (12-14-15) – The Valdez Ski Team took to the road once again last weekend to race the Lynx Loppet at Kincaid Park. A total of 589 athletes from just about every road high school ski program in the state. There were five divisions A (best) thru E (beginner) as well as an open division for those athletes not yet ready for the 5K distance. This race is the only one in which all 4A, 3A, 2A road schools compete against each other until the state championships in February. The easiest way to discuss the results is to look at the overall rankings despite the aforementioned category in which our athletes competed.
The Buc team was again led by an outstanding effort from junior Rylee Norris, our lone A Division entry. Norris ended up 33rd out of 204 girl racers and first place among 3A skiers in overall time with a first place finish in classic and second place finish in freestyle in the 3A division. Following Norris was junior Taylor Huston (B group) with a strong performance in both races earning a 109th place overall spot. Senior Josie McNelly (B) also had a very solid weekend finishing 127th among the 204 competitors. First year skier, junior Angie Alfaro (D) took a nasty spill the first day spraining her wrist and eliminating her from the weekend’s races. West Anchorage was crowned girls champion.
Sophomore Ben Swanson(B) had a very competitive weekend and registering the best finish among the Buc boys. Swanson ended the weekend in 123rd place out of 254 contestants. Senior Stuart Relay (B) was next in line with two steady performances that netted him 165th position overall. Junior Colton Prevost (C) finished ahead of 57 other skiers with a 197th finish. Completing the Buc lineup with their best efforts were first year skiers (D) sophomore Josten Carlson (223rd), freshman Isaiah Amberg ( 227th), and junior Chris Cummins (244th).
The next high school action for the Buc team will be on January 8 & 9 at our own Valdez Invite.
This Saturday, 12/19 will be the first race of the Town Series. The freestyle race will start at 10:30 at Cato Bridge and racers can choose between 7.5K or 10K distances.