A pair of Raiders podiumed in races hosted by Stowe at Cochran’s Ski Area on Monday, Feb. 8.
Stowe’s Ben Alekson won the boys’ race while Charlotte Stevens was third in the girls’ race.
Skiers competing at the giant slalom event each took three runs, with the top two counting toward their final time. The race was the first alpine event of the year for Stowe skiers.
Alekson won with a time of 1:24.11, over a second faster than second-place finisher Stokely Puleio of Lamoille. Alekson had the fastest times of any skier in his second and third runs; his first run was slower, but didn’t count toward his final time.
Other Raiders to crack the top 10 in the boys’ race were Tony Marron in fifth, Finn Murphy in ninth and Dan Marin in 10th. JP Marhefka finished just outside the top 10 in 11th.
Stevens skied a 1:28.43 to finish third in the girls’ race; she had the third-fastest run in her second trip down the hill and the second-fastest time in her final trip. Rice’s Deena Jacunski had the fastest time on every run and finished in first overall with a time of 1:22.10, easily outdistancing her teammate Blythe Fitch-O’Leary for the win.
Other Raiders in the top 10 included Lucy Andrus in fifth, Lucia Lovell in eighth, Elle Zimmerman in ninth and Taegan Yardley in 10th. Stella Frame (11th) and Olivia Carey (12th) also finished just outside the top 10.
Here’s a look at the top five finishers in the boys’ and girls’ races, plus how all the Stowe skiers did. Skiers are listed by place, name, finish and time.
1. Ben Alekson, Stowe, 1:24.11
2. Stokely Puleio, Lamoille, 1:25.13
3. Jack Kern, Rice, 1:25.39
4. Will McNeil, Rice, 1:25.58
5. Tony Marron, Stowe, 1:26.62
9. Finn Murphy, Stowe, 1:29.60
10. Dan Marin, Stowe, 1:30.71
11. JP Marhefka, Stowe, 1:31.15
15. Matt Fortenberry, Stowe, 1:32.32
17. Peter Ellis, Stowe, 1:32.68
21. Emmanuel Lamelson, Stowe, 1:33.82
22. Lincoln Sinclair, Stowe, 1:33.89
30. Reed Taylor, Stowe, 1:38.46
1. Deena Jacunski, Rice, 1:22.10
2. Blythe Fitch-O’Leary, Rice, 1:26.30
3. Charlotte Stevens, Stowe, 1:28.43
4. Kendall Macloed, Lamoille, 1:29.76
5. Lucy Andrus, Stowe, 1:31.00
8. Lucia Lovell, Stowe, 1:32.23
9. Elle Zimmerman, Stowe, 1:32.74
10. Taegan Yardley, Stowe, 1:33.39
11. Stella Frame, Stowe, 1:33.60
12. Olivia Carey, Stowe, 1:33.64
15. Elle Ortiz, Stowe, 1:34.85
17. Noelle Lyden, Stowe, 1:36.53
23. Sara Evans, Stowe, 1:39.91
26. Leila Shapiro, Stowe, 1:42.87
27. Avery Marshall, Stowe, 1:45.29
28. Annabell Stevens, Stowe, 1:45.96
32. Lucy Genung, Stowe, 1:51.86
36. Katie Crouse, Stowe, 1:53.50