Coriann Delaney saves best for last, sweeps PVIAC Individual Skiing Championships

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  • Ben Martino of Frontier competes in the giant slalom course at the PVIAC Championship at Berkshire East on Tuesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Coriann Delaney, of Frontier Regional, competes on the slalom course at the PVIAC Individual Championships at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Tuesday. Delaney placed first on the slalom, giant slalom and combined. Visit gazettenet.com for more photos. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Coriann Delaney of Frontier competes in the slalom course at the PVIAC Championship at Berkshire East on Tuesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Sora Green of Amherst competes in the slalom course at the PVIAC Championship at Berkshire East on Tuesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Sea Kay Leung of Amherst in the slalom course at the PVIAC Championship at Berkshire East on Tuesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Nico Christakos of Amherst competes in the giant slalom course at the PVIAC Championship at Berkshire East on Tuesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Ellie Mahoney of Northampton competes in the slalom course at the PVIAC Championship at Berkshire East on Tuesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Abby Denhart of Northampton competes in the slalom course at the PVIAC Championship at Berkshire East on Tuesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

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Published: 2/11/2020 8:02:53 PM

CHARLEMONT — Coriann Delaney gave Berkshire East her best, even as the mountain showed its worst.

The Frontier Regional senior swept the PVIAC Individual Championship events Tuesday with intermittent rain falling on a warped course. She won the slalom in 37.09 seconds and the giant slalom in 25.99 seconds.

“I had a positive attitude throughout it. I wanted to make the best out of this day with it being such bad conditions and it being my senior day,” Delaney said. “I wanted to make it a happy day no matter what place I got. Once I saw that I won the first run, I was like ‘I can actually do this.’”

The two discipline victories ensured her total time of 1:03.18 won the combined championship. Delaney’s overall time was more than a second faster than second-place Elyse Donaghue of East Longmeadow.

“It’s perseverance, it’s strength to be able to hold your line in these heavy, wet snow conditions and still ski fast, it’s a testament to the stronger skiers,” Frontier coach Brian Delaney said. “Culmination of a long season, she got more and more adjusted to this slope.”

Coriann Delaney also won the final race of the regular season after five second-place finishes throughout the year.

“It being my last individuals, it is a relief to win the last two, and that’s a nice thing to end on,” she said.

While Delaney kept her focus on the finish line, the individual championships are less about cutthroat competition and more of a celebration of the season and the senior class. Teams grilled burgers and hot dogs, while reggae music churned from the results tower speakers. East Longmeadow and Ludlow each wore animal onesies, while one Longmeadow skier took his slalom run bare-chested.

Amherst Regional donned superhero capes and masks.

“I was thinking about something not expensive and different,” Amherst senior Sora Green said. “A few years ago the U.S. Ski Team’s suits were also themed as super heroes, so I thought it would be fun to copy that.”

The Hurricanes did not wear their capes and masks during their runs, but did when they celebrated with a team photo.

Green led the Amherst girls team, placing 12th in the combined (1:09.76) after finishing 11th in both the slalom (41.38) and GS (28.38).

Two Northampton racers cracked the combined top five. Abby Denhart was fourth (1:05.97) with fourth-place showings on both the slalom (38.53) and GS (27.44). Ellie Mahoney placed fifth in both the slalom (38.76) and GS (27.47) to put her fifth in the combined (1:06.23).

Juliet Scott, of the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, was seventh in the combined (1:08.36). She finished 10th in the slalom (40.73) and eighth in the GS (27.63).

Hampshire Regional’s Summer Duda took ninth in both the slalom (40.71) and GS (28.11) yet finished eighth in the combined (1:08.82).

Taya Gilman-Solomon was Gateway Regional’s top combined finisher in 13th (1:10.61). She got there with a 14th-place finish in the slalom (41.86) and 13th in the GS (28.75).

On the boys side, Northampton’s Nate Jones took second in both disciplines to finish second in the combined standings (1:00.62). He completed the GS in 25.47 seconds and the slalom in 35.15.

Jack Masciardelli, of St. Mary’s, edged Jones by 0.31 seconds in the combined (GS, 25.39; slalom, 34.92).

Hampshire Regional’s Edward Przybyla was third across the board in the combined (1:01.07), GS (25.68) and slalom (35.39).

Zach Ames, of Gateway, placed ninth in the GS (26.67) and fifth in the slalom (36.1), but those results pushed him up to fourth in the combined (1:02.77).

Amherst Regional’s Niko Christakos took fourth on the slalom (35.76). A 14th-place finish in the GS (27.26) put him fifth in the combined (1:03.02).

Sebastian English, of PVCICS, used an eighth-place slalom finish (26.59) and a 10th in the GS (37.35) to take eighth in the combined.

Benjamin DeLaCour (ninth, 1:04.4) gave Northampton another top-10 combined finisher. He placed fourth in the GS (6.07) and 12th in the slalom (38.22).

Gateway Regional’s Dawson Kelly rounded out the combined top 10 (1:06.06). He finished eighth in the slalom (36.94) and 16th in the giant slalom (27.48).

Ben Martino finished 18th in the combined (1:08.74) for Frontier Regional. He was 19th in the GS (27.94) and 20th in the slalom (40.8).

In addition to the celebration, season-long awards were handed out at the individual championships. Northampton claimed the boys North Division title with 51 points. The Blue Devils achieved that with three racers in the top 10.

“We had really good depth this year. At practice we were always working as a team even though it’s an individual sport,” DeLaCour said.

Jones placed second overall with 55 points in the North, while DeLaCour was fourth (36) and Burke Warren 10th (15).

Christakos took the individual league title with 59 points, one shy of a perfect season. One score is dropped from the seven PVIAC regular-season races, leaving a possible 60 points.

“I put a lot of work in over time. Putting in hours every day for five days a week, that’s how you improve,” Christakos said. “It’s just a lot of work.”

Ames took third (46) for Gateway, and Kelly was fifth (28). The Gators were second in the North.

The Blue Devils took second in the girls North Division with 48 points behind Mohawk (54). Mahoney was fourth (38), and Denhart placed sixth (31).

Delaney was the second overall racer in the North with 55 points. Mohawk’s Taylor Loomis won with 60.

Isabel Beaudry-Hathaway placed 10th (10) for Gateway.

PVCICS was second in the South with 42 points. St. Mary’s won with 56. Hampshire, the defending champion, followed in third (40).

Green was fourth (38) for Amherst, while teammate Sea Kay Leung placed ninth (19). Sarah Fardal took fifth (33) for PVCICS followed by Scott (30) in sixth. Ella Gander finished eighth (20).

Duda placed seventh (26) for the Raiders.

PVCICS also claimed second (42) in the boys South, trailing champion St. Mary’s (56). Hampshire also placed third (40).

Przybyla finished second with 52 points for the Raiders. English was fourth (38) for PVICIS.

Martino was 10th (17) for Frontier.

The next step is the MIAA state championships, March 4 back at Berkshire East. They were last held at the course in 2018. The top 32 racers in the PVIAC across both divisions qualified for states.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.



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