Woodstock ousts BBA in penultimate meet

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PERU — On a bright day at Vermont's Sun Mountain, the Woodstock alpine ski teams shone, sweeping both team scores at Monday's giant slalom at Bromley Mountain.

Burr and Burton finished second in both team races, only six points, 16-22, behind for the girls and an even smaller margin, 24-27, for the boys.

Woodstock and BBA were the only complete teams for the girls, while Hartford and Mount St. Joseph were third and fourth in the boys race.

On the girls side, the Wasps had a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium with Abigail Masillo taking gold, Taylor Blodorn silver and Alice Sperber bronze.

Masullo was the only skier to break 40 seconds, doing it on both her runs. Combined, she finished in 1 minute, 19.56 seconds — nearly a second ahead of Blodorn and two ahead of Sperber.

"Abbie is a great skier. This year, Alice has been the dominant one in the districts and she skied well, but Abbie certainly gave her a run for it," said Woodstock coach Fred Dieffenbach.

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The first Burr and Burton skier was Brooke Weber in fourth. She led a BBA run with Francesca Levitas fifth, Morgan Weber sixth, Christina Gregory in seventh, Hannah Cyr in eighth and Mackenzie Peters in ninth.

Brooke Weber finished fourth in both runs for a combined time of 1:22.76, just 0.14 seconds ahead of her teammate.

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Burr and Burton's Julia Ann Gregory was sixth after the first run, but didn't finish the second run and came down from near the start with the ski patrol with a leg injury.

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On the boys side, it was a bit more mixed in the individual standings. Woodstock's Riley Quicker blazed down the course for a combined time of 1 minute, 18.46 seconds. Burr and Burton's Michael Duddy was second in 1:19.76, followed by Mount St. Joseph's Ben Pencak in third in 1:20.61.

"Riley has only raced in three events this year, he had to race today to qualify for districts, but I don't think he's ever won a race, so it's a big day for him," said Dieffenbach. "He skis fast, but he's not always consistent, so it's really nice to see."

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Duddy had the fourth fastest run on the afternoon, his first attempt at the court, in 39.64 seconds. The only faster were from Quicker — a 39.21 and a 39.25, respectively, and .Burr and Burton's Landon Hekking, who had a 39.45 in his first run, but near the finish, he stumbled and crashed into the corral area. He ended up colliding with an assistant Woodstock coach, but both were talking to the ski patrol after the wreck.

He got credit for the first run, but he didn't make a second run.

Ben DesRoberts was the second-highest BBA finisher in seventh, followed by Charlie Levene and Eli White in 10th and 11th overall.

Thursday is the Southern Districts at Pico Mountain.

"It's having good results, bragging rights, everything that you can get from the sport," Dieffenbach said. "Then we have the [State meet] and that will [separate it]."


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