Feb. 7, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
Boston College traveled to Stowe Mountain in Vermont to compete in the UVM carnival. The team raced Giant Slalom on Feb. 3 and Slalom on Feb. 4.
Friday, Giant Slalom
After a week of temperate weather, the mountain crew worked for two days straight to get the surface prepped. By the start of the event on Friday morning the surface was near perfect for the Giant Slalom.
The Main Street trail on Spruce Mountain was built three years ago specifically for hosting elite alpine events in New England. This was the site of the NCAA Skiing championships last March. The Giant Slalom track offers a combination of flats and very technical steep drops, making it one of the toughest races of the year.
The ladies qualified four athletes for a second run and all four finished on the day. The team was led by sophomore Katie Cutting who started 57th, but finished 45th on the day. Freshman Taylor Burgart also had a great race, starting 71st and finishing 48th, just ahead of her older sister, junior Kelly Burgart, who started 74th and finished 49th. Senior captain Laura Martini began the day at 75th and finished 53rd. It was an impressive day for the women, since only the top 60 of the 90 racers qualify for a second run.
The men were led by an incredible effort from hard charging junior Stacey Bolger, who started the day from the 73rd spot, but finished 33rd overall with a 31st place second run. Bolger scored NCAA points with that finish, which will count towards qualifying for a coveted spot in the NCAA championships this March in Bozeman, Mont. Bolger was followed by fellow junior Jimmy Campbell, who finished 47th, a nearly unheard of 40 spots ahead of his 87th-place start. Sophomore Eddie Mele finished 49th from the 85th starting spot. Both Mele and Campbell had career finishes.
Saturday started bitter cold, but quickly turned to a classic New England "Blue Bird" day. The surface was again, near perfect. The Slalom was held on the same trail as the events from the previous day; taking advantage of some dramatic terrain changes.
The men's first run offered an extremely challenging course that eliminated a good portion of the field including four of the six eagles. The highlight of the first run was the debut race for junior Geof Ochs, who started 84th and fought his way to a 43rd place first run finish with some acrobatic moves in a tough combination coming into the finish. Ochs hiked the second run in a difficult section, but still managed to finish 41st on the day as the top finisher for the men. Bolger had faced some difficulty in both runs, but still finished 46th.
The women had a fantastic day with more forgiving sets than the men encountered. The team qualified five of the six ladies for a second run. The day was led by another great race from Cutting, who finished 35th on the first run and 24th on the second from the 65th starting spot. Cutting took 27th overall and scored well in both team and NCAA standings. Kelly Burgart also had a career day with a strong first run and a 26th place second run to finish 32nd on the day. Freshman Shannon Quinn came in with a 32nd place second run to pull her to 33rd place overall on the day, just behind Burgart. Both Burgart and Quinn scored NCAA points on the day. Taylor Burgart and Laura Martini both qualified for second runs scoring 37th and 49th in the first run, but did not finish in the second run. The ladies team finished 9th in the Slalom, beating out the hosting UVM team.