West Mountain Sprint Classic
We were very excited to bring our first sanctioned telemark race to West Mountain in Queensbury, New York this season. Despite the poor start to the winter out east, we wound up with fantastic snow coverage, a great course including a rap, and 23 entrants who all came out to show off their tele skills at a new venue.
The race had a very strong showing of US Telemark Team members with 14 entrants on either the National Team or the Development Team. Turning to the results, in the Women’s Citizens class, Gail Worthen took an uncontested 1st place. In the Men’s Citizens, Sean O’Neill took 1st, Keith Radick was 2nd, and West Mountain local Stefan Bagnato was 3rd.
In the expert categories, clean skiing was the name of the game as the top three in each of the men’s and women’s class only combined for two gate penalties. In the men’s class National Team member and USTSA President Garrett Long took 1st, fellow National Team member Dylan Weglarz took 2nd, and Development Team member Norm Miller edged into 3rd. For the expert women, Development Team member Melinda Long placed 1st, National Team member Sara Godek came in 2nd, and Linda Pilliod rounded out the podium in 3rd.
Despite the lack of a Junior’s class, there were a number of very young Development Team members who displayed strong performances in their first event. Sam Garber (14 years old) placed 5th, Jake Badway (13) placed 11th and Ian Boisvert (13) came in 13th in the Expert categories. These three were the youngest racers at the event by 3-4 years.
We would also like to thank our event sponsor Reliable Racing for the amazing set of prizes that they donated for the event!