Alpine Ski: Frontier’s Coriann Delaney scores her first PVIAC win of the season

  • Frontier’s Coriann Delaney, shown here earlier this season, won her first individual race of the season. The senior captured the top spot in Tuesday’s PVIAC Race No. 7 at Berkshire East, and hopes to carry that momentum into next week’s individual championships. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 2/4/2020 8:28:22 PM

CHARLEMONT — Frontier Regional School’s Coriann Delaney couldn’t have asked for a bigger confidence boost heading into next week’s PVIAC Individual Championships. 

During the final PVIAC alpine race of the regular season Tuesday at Berkshire East, Delaney flew down the mountain in a time of 25.31 seconds, good enough for first place overall in the giant slalom. 

It was the first time the senior has been the top finisher this season.

“It went well today considering the snow conditions,” Delaney said. “It got down to the ice, which was really nice. It’s been super sloppy because of the weather. The course held up well today.” 

Delaney took second overall at the PVIAC Individual Championship a season ago, where she was first in GS and second in slalom. Looking ahead to her final PVIAC race, she said she’s hoping to repeat those results next Tuesday.

“I’ve had a few mishaps but it’s been a good season,” Delaney said. “I want to ski as best as I can and spend my last race with my team.”

Mohawk Trail’s Taylor Loomis, who was the top finisher in the last five PVIAC races, wound up third on Tuesday with a run of 25.58 seconds. 

The junior, who won the PVIAC title a year ago, should once again enter as a favorite next week in hopes of defending her title.

“I want to win overall,” Loomis said. “We’ve already won the league as a team so that’s the next goal.” 

On what was a rough course due to the warm weather Tuesday, Loomis felt she didn’t have her best run.

“It went OK today,” Loomis said. “It felt fast but it wasn’t super fast. I went later in the run order so it wasn’t super soft.”

Loomis’ teammates had strong days on the course as well, with Amelie Rowehl placing 10th with a run of 27.21. Emmy Sisum’s run of 27.65 earned her a 13th-place finish while Sofiya Slocik-Gritzner took 25th and Myah Grant placed 44th for Mohawk.

While Delaney led the way for Frontier, teammates Cali Price (31st) and Emily Roberts (37th) joined her in the top 40 on Tuesday.

On the boys side, Mohawk eighth-grader Weston Den Ouden had another stellar day on the mountain, placing seventh overall in the slalom with a run of 38.67. 

Five other Warriors joined Den Ouden in the top 40, with Phineas Tuttman taking 16th with a time of 41.60, Michael Harrison taking 18th with a run of 43.39, followed by Rosco Palmer in 25th, Gage Patenaude in 33rd and Travis Russell in 37th.

Mohawk is the defending champions on the boys side, but with an inexperienced team this winter, the Warriors are just looking to continue to improve heading into the PVIAC Championship. 

“I would love to win, but we have a really young team this year,” Harrison said. “In the future, it’s definitely an option.”

Harrison, a captain, has had a solid season in his junior year. He said he hopes to make a few technique changes in the championship to improve his time.

“It’s been going well,” Harrison said. “I did good in the early season, I feel a little behind in the middle. Slalom has been good for me. I want to get top 15 in both GS and slalom. I have to keep my skis pointed down the hill the whole time, stay on my edges and really get forward.”

For a first year skier like Palmer, next Tuesday’s meet will have a different pressure to it than the past seven PVIAC meets.

Still, the eighth-grader is feeling confident heading into the annual event. 

“I’m having a really good time,” Palmer offered. “I feel I’m doing good for how experienced I am right now. I want the team to move up in the lineup and ski better. I want to be top 25.”

Frontier’s Ben Martino has been the top Red Hawk finisher throughout the season, and he took 12th on Tuesday with a run of 40.83 seconds.

Martino is hoping to once again lead Frontier at next Tuesday’s race, and he should have a chance to crack into the top 10.

“My goals are to beat my bib,” Martino said. “Just try to exceed expectations.”

Fellow Red Hawk racers Ben Makosiej and Alex Schreiber had solid runs on Tuesday, with Makosiej taking 19th and Schreiber finishing 41st.

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