|Riley Plant in second!|
The following report of Marmot mastery of snow at Mammoth last weekend comes courtesy of student/athlete Riley Plant, who missed the top of the podium at left by a mere 0.02s.
Additionally, based on this report, Marmot Man feels compelled to nominate Carl DeRyk for Marmot Dad of the Month. Do I hear a second to that motion?
Although this weekend at Mammoth was tedious and long, the SBA Alpine team pulled together some great results. The weekend kicked off on Friday with a broken Sprinter Van for the men's team. About 3 hours later, we were on the road with the help of Augie DeRyk and his dad, Carl DeRyk. They provided us an extra car and a trailer large enough to fit about 42 pairs of skis and 16 skiers' gear. Thank you, DeRyk family!
In the two preceding two days, 7 races were held, 3 of which were rescheduled from Sugar Bowl a couple weeks ago. On the first day, the men and women ran one Super G race and one Slalom race. Top 15 finishes in the Super G included Brian Francis (6th), Marc Talbott (10th), Dylan Murtha (13th), Owen Wattenmaker (14th), and Julia Bjorkman (9th).
|Julia Bjorkman in second!|
Later that day, in the Slalom, our women's team crushed it: Julia Bjorkman finished with a strong 2nd followed by Lauren Dunn in 6th, Maya Crosby in 8th, Grace Hutton in 9th, and Alexandra Alvarez and Annika Berg rounding out the tope 15 in 14th and 15th, respectively.
Much of the men's team had trouble with a very tricky first run course, however, some strong results were still shown. Riley Plant was edged out of 1st by just 0.02s. Dylan Murtha finished 5th, Augie DeRyk and Fraser Hannon showed some of their best runs of the year, landing them in 8th and 10th, respectively.
The next day, men and women both raced the final Super G, while the women continued to do one more Slalom race before heading home. The men finished with Brian Francis in 4th and Dylan Murtha in 6th. The women showed strong results from Julia Bjorkman in 5th and Lauren Dunn in 10th. The girls continued to have another great day of Slalom with many top 15 finishes; specific highlights included Julia Bjorkman in 2nd and Lizzie Ryan in 5th.
SBA went home with lots of medals and smiling faces- except those rooting for the Patriots.
Thank you, again, Riley, and to the DeRyk family!