PVIAC individual skiing: Frontier Regional’s Coriann Delaney conquers soft snow conditions

  • Margaret O'Connell, of Amherst Regional, competes on slalom at the PVIAC alpine Individuals, Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Jessica Garriepy, of Gateway Regional, competes on slalom at the PVIAC alpine Individuals, Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Margaret O'Connell, of Amherst Regional, competes on slalom at the PVIAC alpine Individuals, Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Jessica Garriepy, of Gateway Regional, competes on slalom at the PVIAC alpine Individuals, Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Jack Denhart, of Northampton, competes on giant slalom at the PVIAC alpine Individuals, Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Jack Denhart, of Northampton, competes on giant slalom at the PVIAC alpine Individuals, Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Coriann Delaney, of Frontier Regional, competes on slalom at the PVIAC alpine Individuals, Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Coriann Delaney, of Frontier Regional, competes on slalom at the PVIAC alpine Individuals, Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

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Published: 2/14/2017 8:40:38 PM

CHARLEMONT — Frontier Regional’s Coriann Delaney managed soft snow conditions to finish in the top five across the board at the PVIAC Individual Alpine Ski Championships.

The Red Hawks freshman took fourth in the slalom in 38.09 seconds and fifth in the giant slalom in 30.39 seconds, Tuesday at Berkshire East.

“The GS course was a bit rough because it was all rutty from the boys. Slalom was really soft,” Delaney said. “I liked the slalom better because I did better. I like slalom better overall. It’s always been a strength of mine.”

Those two runs gave her a combined time of 1 minute, 8.48 seconds, good for fourth overall.

Minnechaug’s Grace Crochiere won the combined title in 1:06.67 and the GS championship in 29.26. Westfield’s Rebecca Stephens was the slalom champion in 36.66.

Fellow Red Hawks Anna Zera and Alina Smiarowski joined Delaney in the top 20.

Zera finished the combined in 15th at 1:15.14. She was 11th in the GS (32.07) and 21st in the slalom (43.07)

Smiarowski took 17th in the combined (1:16.48), 19th in the GS (33.34) and 22nd in the slalom (43.14).

“For them coming off a couple weeks of hard-packed, hard ice skiing, it’s just a different skiing style,” Frontier assistant coach Jake Conroy said. “Some of my girls flourished today. It just shows how adaptable they are for skiers at such a young age.”

Normally the individual championships are an end-of-season celebration where individual and team league champions are crowned for their achievements throughout the season. Tuesday’s first run (GS for boys and slalom for girls) counted as the sixth PVIAC race of the season in addition to crowning PVIAC Individual champions.

The final race of the regular season will be 5 p.m. Thursday at Berkshire East.

Amherst Regional junior Margaret O’Connell felt lucky to finish in the conditions.

She was fifth in the combined at 1:09.99. That came on the strength of a sixth-place finish in the slalom (39.19) and seventh in the GS (30.69).

“Very happy I finished. The GS was a really hard run. I almost wiped out by the second to last blue gate,” O’Connell said. “The slalom was a lot of fun. It was hard because there was no ice. I prefer ice, it’s easier to carve.”

The Hurricanes nearly boasted two finishers in the top 10 after Niko Christakos took 11th in the combined (1:09.62). He was 15th in the GS (30.81) and 14th in the slalom (38.81).

“He’s a good GS skier, but his slalom, he’s struggled a little bit,” Amherst coach Pepe Torras said. “He had a really nice run in the slalom. He did very well.”

East Longmeadow’s Cameron Ottoson and Longmeadow’s John Burger tied atop the combined standings at 1:03.83. St. Mary’s Matt Masciadrelli won the GS in 27.66, and Ottoson finished first in the slalom at 29.38.

Northampton’s Jay Mahoney just edged Christakos to place in the top 10 at 1:08.88. He was 13th in the GS (30.8) and 11th in the slalom (38.08).

“I haven’t been doing so good this season, so I was glad I was able to finish well,” Mahoney said. “I really liked my slalom run. I’m normally better at slalom. I think I was just more ready.”

Mia Bacon posted a 14th-place finish in the combined for the Blue Devils at 1:14.57. She took 18th in the slalom (42.46) and 13th in the GS (32.11).

Jack Denhart didn’t finish the GS for Northampton but took seventh in the slalom in 37 seconds, the Blue Devils’ best finish in an individual race.

“Had to throw in some jump turns. I couldn’t really carve my skis around,” he said. “Kind of had to work with it, work with the conditions.”

Zachary Ames cracked the combine’s top 20 for Gateway.

He took 16th in 1:11.63 after finishing 35th in the GS (3244) and 15th in the slalom (39.19).

The Gators’ Jessica Garriepy took ninth in the slalom (39.52).

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com.




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