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