MIAA Alpine Ski Championships: Frontier’s Coriann Delaney closes career at Berkshire East

  • Emily Sissum of Mohawk Trail competes in the slalom during the MIAA Alpine Ski Championships at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Michael Harrison of Mohawk Trail competes in the slalom during the MIAA Alpine Ski Championships at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Spectators stand at the bottom of the mountain watching the MIAA Alpine Ski Championships at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Amelie Rowehl of Mohawk Trail competes in the slalom during the MIAA Alpine Ski Championships at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Weston Den Ouden of Mohawk Trail competes in the giant slalom during the MIAA Alpine Ski Championships at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Ben Martino of Frontier Regional competes in the slalom during the MIAA Alpine Ski Championships at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Coriann Delaney of Frontier Regional competes in the slalom during the MIAA Alpine Ski Championships at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Coriann Delaney of Frontier Regional competes in the slalom during the MIAA Alpine Ski Championships at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Taylor Loomis of Mohawk Trail competes in the slalom during the MIAA Alpine Ski Championships at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Taylor Loomis of Mohawk Trail competes in the slalom during the MIAA Alpine Ski Championships at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 3/4/2020 9:26:33 PM
Modified: 3/4/2020 9:26:24 PM

CHARLEMONT — Franklin County residents may be pleased to see the weather turning from winter to spring, but for skiers from around the state, the warm weather meant for rough snow to compete on.

The slopes at Berkshire East for Wednesday’s MIAA Alpine Ski Championships were less than ideal, with multiple racers either slipping at some point or wiping out, resulting in disqualifications.

On top of that, the course was longer and higher up than previous races, making it an adjustment for every skier who participated.

“The course was differently set up than a lot that I’ve seen,” Frontier’s Coriann Delaney said. “There was a lot of technical things. The surface, they iced it and got it down so that was good. The second run felt a lot better.”

Delaney had the top time among local athletes on Wednesday, taking 19th overall with a combined time of 1:41.43. The senior opened the day by taking 19th in the slalom with a time of 50.81 seconds before taking 21st in the giant slalom with a run of 50.62.

Racing against the best in the state in her last high school meet was motivating for Delaney, who was coming off a first-place finish at the PVIAC Championship last month.

“All these girls have made it here,” Delaney said. “This is the final race of the season to compete with all of us. It was such a fun day.” 

Chloe Brush of Groton-Dunstable took first overall on the girls’ side with a combined time of 1:32.56. Julia Waal of Hingham took second and Maggie Carluccio of Bedford placed third.

Mohawk’s Taylor Loomis came into the meet with high expectations, having placed first during the PVIAC regular season, but a slip-up during the slalom resulted in her taking 90th place through the first portion of the race.

She recovered by placing fifth in the GS with a run of 48.55 seconds, giving her a combined time of 1:49.44 on the day to place 45th in the combined event.

Teammate Emmy Sisum capped off her strong season with a 62nd-place finish on Wednesday.

The eighth-grader placed 51st in the GS with a run of 58.22 and followed it with a run of 55.13 in the slalom, good for a combined time of 1:53.35.

“I thought it went well,” Sisum said. “The course was really nice. I think I did pretty good. I thought my GS went better because I was out early on the gates.” 

As a young skier, Sisum said she was just hoping to race her best, not worried about trying to place high against the best racers in Massachusetts.

“My goals were to have a nice run,” Sisum said. “I feel like I had two solid runs. I know I’m not going to do too good against people who go down in 30 seconds but my goal was to get somewhat close to that time.”

Mohawk’s Sofiya Slocik-Gritzner completed both of her runs, taking 106th with a combined time of 2:11.49. Warrior Amelie Rowehl was disqualified during her slalom run, but came back to finish 87th in the GS with a time of 57.69.

On the boys’ side, Mohawk’s Michael Harrison had the top run by local racers, taking 73rd with a combined time of 1:50.61.

The junior started the day by finishing 105th in the GS, but closed on a high note by taking 77th in the slalom with a run of 56.93. 

“I could have kept the skis straighter down the hill,” Harrison said. “I did alright. It’s a beat up course.”

Being the 93rd racer down the hill on the boys’ side, Harrison knew he would be going on a course that was less than ideal, forcing him to make adjustments. 

“I had to get more on edge,” Harrison said. “I had to adjust to the course. It’s different than we’re used to, I had to adjust through the different gates.” 

Frontier’s Ben Martino earned an 81st-place finish with a combined run of 1:53.17. 

Like Harrison, his best run down the slope came during the slalom, where he placed 87th with a time of 58.66. 

“I thought I did well,” Martino said. “Definitely not as well as I could have, but overall, it wasn’t horrible. We trained up here on Monday from the top. It was icy in some areas and soft in others, which was tough.”

Frontier’s Ben Makosiej placed 83rd with a combined time of 1:54.30 while Mohawk’s Phineas Tuttman placed 91st with a combined time of 2:02.67.

Weston Den Ouden of Mohawk came in 76th in the GS with a time of 51.03, but did not finish the slalom run.

Baxter Jennings of Marblehead took first on the boys’ side with a combined time of 1:29.18. He was followed by Travis Reardon of Lunenburg in second and Robbie McKersie of Masconomet in third. 


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