School Skiing: Mohawk’s Loomis, Frontier’s Delaney start strong

Staff Writer
Published: 1/7/2020 8:51:38 PM
Modified: 1/7/2020 8:51:05 PM

CHARLEMONT — The snow was fresh, the weather was above freezing and the hills were in good condition, making Tuesday a near perfect day for the first PVIAC ski race of the season at Berkshire East. 

Mohawk’s Taylor Loomis and Frontier’s Coriann Delaney picked up right where they left off a year ago, Loomis taking second on the girls side and Delaney placing third in impressive showings for the two. 

East Longmeadow’s Elyse Donaghue took first with a run of 25.15. 

Loomis, the reigning PVIAC champion, finished with a time of 25.42. Though she didn’t take first place like she’s used to, it’s a time she’ll accept on her first race of the winter season. 

“I was hoping to win,” Loomis said. “I’m trying to win the league this year. I was still first in the North division. It was so close of time, I know what I did wrong. It’s the first race, your worst score gets dropped anyway.” 

The Warrior junior isn’t the only one who had a strong race on Tuesday, as two teammates joined her in the top 20. Emily Sissum was one, placing 12th with a 27.98 run, Amelie Rowehl the other, coming in 20th (28.42). 

Rounding out the Mohawk lineup was Lydia Sargent who came in 27th (29.99), Sofia Slocik-Gritznwer in 33rd (31.12) and Myah Grant in 47th (34.53) in what was a stellar first showing for the defending North Division champs. 

Like Loomis, Delaney felt she could have done better despite an impressive time of 25.68. 

The senior was second in the North Division a season ago, and is expecting to finish near the top once again this season. 

“It was a good race,” Delaney said. “The conditions were really nice compared to some races last year. I did well for myself but I feel like I could have done better. It makes me a little angry because I know how and where I could have done better. Ideally first for me but I’d be first, second or third this season.”

Delaney is used to training on Vermont mountains, which are much steeper and longer than the ones at Berkshire East. 

Continuing to get reps in Charlemont should only help her improve her time as the season progresses. 

“I need to train more at Berkshire East,” Delaney said. “Getting used to their hill, conditions and courses. It’s very different from what I’m used to.”

Four other Red Hawks girls raced on Tuesday, three in their first ever high school races. 

Emily Roberts took 34th with a time of 31.16, followed by Cali Price in 38th (32.56), Claire Winston in 69th (40.23) and Caroline Makosiej in 72nd (40.76). 

The lone senior on the team, Delaney has been working on teaching the new girls the tricks of the mountain, and was pleased with how they performed. 

“My team did so good,” Delaney said. “We’ve really bonded especially with the younger kids. It’s been really nice having them there and I’m looking forward to teaching them things to follow in my footsteps.” 

On the boys side, Mohawk’s Weston Den Ouden took eighth, the fastest racer on the team with a run of 36.88. 

The eighth grader was feeling good going into the race, and the results showed all the hard work he has been putting in on the mountain. 

“It feels good,” Den Ouden said. “I feel like I’ve been skiing confidently but there’s always room to improve. This was a stepping stone. I can definitely build on that and do better.”

The young Warriors had nine racers complete the course, as Michael Harrison also had a stellar time of 40.15, good for 13th.

Joining Den Ouden and Harrison in the top 50 was Rosco Palmer in 28th (46.53), Travis Russel in 36th (49.26) and Phineas Tuttman earning a 37th place with a run of 49.43. 

Gage Patenaude (52nd), John Richardson (76th), Owen Heilman (93rd) and Chay Majallali (95th) also completed the course for Mohawk. 

Den Ouden knows his team has a ton of room to grow, hoping to see all his teammates times get faster throughout the year. 

“We have a really young team,” Den Ouden said. “I think we have potential for the years to come. It’s going to be interesting to see how we keep improving.” 

Ben Martino and Ben Makosiej were the lone Frontier boys to race, Martino placing 18th with a run of 41.18 and Makosiej taking 24th with a 44.97 finish. 

Amherst’s Nico Christakos had the top run for boys with a 34.17 time. 

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