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KMS student-athletes wrap up competition season at USASA National Championships, Sugar Slalom and Killington Spring Klassic

With the championship season winding down, the Killington Mountain School snowboard team has been competing against the best in the nation at the USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, CO. Alpine races wrapped up their season at the Sugar Slalom while freestylers competed at the Killington Spring Klassic at Killington.

SNOWBOARD TEAM
The KMS Snowboard Team secured two top-five finishes, two top-10s, and six top-20s at the USASA Nationals. After a spectacular crash in boardercross time trials that forced her out of competition on Sunday, KMS BOOST athlete P.J. Goodwin pushed through the pain to take 18th in slalom on Monday and fourth in giant slalom on Tuesday in the competitive Junior Women age group.

Goodwin earned her top-five finish by finishing in the top eight in giant slalom and moving on to the knockout finals, where two riders race each other in two parallel runs for the chance to move on. Goodwin won her first bracket and then narrowly lost her semi-final bracket by only 0.07 seconds. Goodwin ended up just missing the podium in fourth place.

Maggie Leon continued her amazing breakout season with an eighth-place finish in the USASA National Championship Rail Jam event for women 14 and up. The setup featured a down rail, a gap-on round bar, a bus stop and a corrugated cannon. Leon used all of the features and put down a solid jam, landing her in the top 10 in the country. On the slopestyle course, most of the riders including Leon struggled with speed for the rail section. Leon landed in fifth place for Youth Women (14-15) with a score of 78.7, the top score of the day was just eight points away at 86.0.

Concluding his first season racing USSA/FIS snowboardcross events like Revolution Tour and Hole Shot Tour, KMS PG athlete Matt St. Denis raced to a 14th-place finish in the ultra-competitive Open Class boardercross at the USASA Nationals. Competing against riders that train and race for a living, including US Snowboard Team members, St. Denis won his first heat after time trials to advance to the round of 16. In a great race where all four riders crossed the finish line within one second of each other, St. Denis narrowly missed semis.

KMS Sophomore Kurt Weidman qualified handily for heats in Boardercross. After a rough pull out of the start, Weidman made a brilliant pass on the inside of turn two and cruised into the round of 16. Weidman ended up in 16th in Boardercross.

ALPINE TEAM
Junior Kyle Burcin took fifth and sixth respectively in the FIS Super-G races held at Sugarloaf, Maine, last week. He finished second overall for U18. In Vermont, the traditional Sugar Slalom brought the VARA race season to a close; KMS and KMS/KSC racers took top-five results at all age levels from U14 to U21. On Saturday, Bobby Ryan and Tory Dobyns took top-five U14 results while Michelle Martin and Kara Van Herwarde skied into the top 15 in the seeded (U21/18/16) field. Eli Cooper skied his way into the seeded men's top 15 on Sunday, while the U21/18/16 women took several top-20 overall spots and top-5 age-group results-Jessie McNeill took fifth overall, third in the U18 class; Kara Van Herwarde was the second U21 woman, while Taylor Dobyns and Cassidy Bebo took fourth and fifth for U16 women.

Not to be outdone, Izzy Nolan and Julia Denny put down top-five runs (fourth- and fifth-fastest) on the way to top-10 results in the U14 girls' standings, while Tory Dobyns put down a top-10 second run and Bobby Ryan wrapped up the day with a win in the U14 boys' category.

FREESTYLE TEAM
In conjunction with Killington's Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge this past weekend, the Killington Spring Klassic wrapped up the "A" Eastern Championship Series season, with moguls competition on Friday and dual moguls on Sunday. For the women, Georgia Wood took fourth followed by Olivia Giaccio in fifth in moguls competition. For the men, Abe Studler took to the podium in second followed by Trevor Wahl in third, with John Lauria in eighth and Kyle Bell in ninth.

Up and coming KMS mogul skiers had an opportunity to shine in Sunday's dual mogul event. Madison Hogg was able to step up to the challenge for a long day of dual moguls and earned her self an eighth place finish. Hogg performed impressive 360's off of the top air on a challenging Outer Limits course.

Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont independent school. To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, and freeride training and opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802-422-KMS1.