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KMS’s Matt Price, of Rutland, named U14 Vermont Slalom Champion

Killington Mountain School's (KMS) Matt Price, of Rutland, earned the title of U14 Vermont Slalom Champion at the MVP Health Care VARA U14 State Championships at Sugarbush Resort this past weekend, March 9-10.

"I am motivated by my teammates who push me to get better," said Price, a seventh-grader at KMS. "I am also motivated by my older brother and sister who I sometimes watch race and sometimes ski with." Price began skiing at Pico Mountain at age 3.

Teammate Marc Hartnett, of Rye, N.Y., was fifth in slalom and second overall in giant slalom. Both Price and Hartnett qualified for the USSA Eastern Championships and will compete this week at Sunday River, in Bethel, Maine.

In other events, the KMS women swept the podium in Sunday's LaFoley Series GS race at Gunstock Mountain in New Hampshire. Rutland's Jessica McNeill took first, followed by Piper Jenne, of Bridgewater, and Alyce Ritchey, of Duncansville, Penn.

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"There were a lot of good things going on today," said KMS Men's Alpine Coach Greg Hardy. "Hats off to Jessie. She has been trying to move down the hill more in her transitions, and she executed that very well. Her GS today was many notches above where it was last season. Piper skied solid coming off a minor injury last week."

McNeill won both runs, edging Jenne by two-hundredths of a second on the second run, and both student-athletes put down runs that were more than two seconds faster than the fourth-place finisher.

Sophie Norton, a freshman from Bellingham, Mass., finished second in her age group and fifth overall. "Sophie has worked very hard since September. It's nice to see her execute a good first run and an even better second run." Lily Noble, of Bridgewater, recovered from a tough first run and skied the fifth-fastest second run.

To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, and freeride training and opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802.422.KMS1.