Frontier Regional’s Coriann Delaney finishes second on giant slalom at state alpine championships

  • Northampton's Nathaniel Jones competes in the slalom during the MIAA State Alpine Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Northampton's Abbie Denhart competes in the slalom during the MIAA State Alpine Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Northampton's Nathaniel Jones competes in the slalom during the MIAA State Alpine Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Gateway's Jessica Gerriepy competes in the slalom during the MIAA State Alpine Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Northampton's Abbie Denhart competes in the slalom during the MIAA State Alpine Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Hampshire Regional's Edward Przybyla competes in the slalom during the MIAA State Alpine Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Gateway's Jessica Gerriepy competes in the slalom during the MIAA State Alpine Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Areia Heilman competes in the slalom during the MIAA State Alpine Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Areia Heilman competes in the slalom during the MIAA State Alpine Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Coriann Delaney competes in the slalom during the MIAA State Alpine Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 2/27/2019 9:35:44 PM

PRINCETON — Admittedly, Coriann Delaney did not have quite the season she had hoped for this winter. The Frontier Regional junior performed well by most metrics, the only problem being that her own metrics are higher than the average skier.

So when Delaney began Wednesday’s State Alpine Championships with the number 41 on her bib, she knew it was the perfect time to make a statement.

Statement made.

Delaney more than improved upon her bib number, finishing second overall in the morning giant slalom before following that with an 18th-place showing in the afternoon slalom at the annual event run in chilly conditions at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

Delaney had an up and down regular season. She fell in two of the six PVIAC League races, as she tried to push toward the top of the season leaderboard.

“That kind of put me back in the bib order from where I would’ve liked to have been,” she said.

Undaunted, Delaney saved her best for the biggest stage. Her time of 1 minute, 0.73 seconds in the morning GS was better than everyone but Julia Waal of Hingham High School (59.30), and the gap between the top two and the rest of the field was relatively significant. Just four skiers broke 1:02 in the girls GS, setting the tone for a potential big day.

“I skied the top very well compared to how I usually do,” Delaney said. “Depending on conditions and weather, you always want the best bib you can get, at least top 15. It was probably the best I could’ve done in the conditions I was faced with but I’ve skied so many types of conditions that I know what to expect.”

Delaney closed out her day with the 18th-fastest time in the slalom (37.87), giving her a pair of top-20 showings after taking 11th (GS) and 23rd (SL) at last year’s state meet.

“There’s a lot less pressure because nobody knows about you when you have (bib No. 41),” Delaney said. “So that makes it exciting when you do really well. I wanted to go out and do the best that I could being at a new mountain and a new scene.”

Frontier coach Brian Delaney said he wanted his daughter to “attack from the back” in regards to her starting position.

“Having a lower bib like that, she just wanted to push it and get up into that top 10,” he said.

Waal was the overall state champion, holding off Groton-Dunstable’s Chloe Brush.

Northampton’s Ellie Mahoney placed 37th in the GS (1:05.28) and 27th in the slalom (38.77). Teammate Abbie Denhart was 56th in the slalom (41.07) and 69th in the GS (1:08.55).

Jessica Garriepy of Gateway Regional skied to a 73rd-place finish in the slalom (43.15) and took 86th in the GS (1:10.60).

Hampshire Regional’s Talya Gilman-Solomon was 74th in the GS (1:09.27), while teammate Summer Duda was 84th in the slalom (45.07) and 93rd in the GS (1:11.72).

Amherst Regional’s Sora Green was 109th in the GS (1:16.80).

Juliet Scott, of The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, took 60th in the slalom (41.34) and 80th in the GS (1:10.00).

On the boys side, Hampshire’s Edward Przybyla cracked the top 50 in both races. Przybyla was 31st overall in 1:01.62 on the GS course. He followed that with a 47th-place showing in the slalom (38.29).

Northampton’s Nathaniel Jones was 54th in the GS (1:04.29) and 67th in the slalom (39.89), with teammate Benjamin Delacour posting a best finish of 70th overall in the GS (1:06.97).

Zachary Ames of Gateway skied to a 64th-place performance in the GS (1:06.00), PVCICS’ Sebastian English took 84th in the slalom (41.56) and 99th in the GS (1:13.04).

Frontier’s Ben Martino took 96th in the GS (1:11.57) and closed out his championship with a 110th-place finish in the slalom (49.79).

Raymond Dennehy, from St. John’s of Shrewsbury, won the GS in 57.51 seconds, while Jack Donaldson of Bromfield School claimed victory in the slalom (34.18).




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