The Jesse E. Lyman III Downhill, Week 9 of Cranmore Mountain Meisters, started off with bluebird skies and temperatures into the 40s. The snow was nice and firm in the morning but after 2 p.m. it really softened up, and from what I was told, it was an a.m. then a p.m. course (the a.m. course was much faster). So, apparently the morning was the time to go today.
We had almost 250 Meisters racing this week. For the men, Julien Deniaud came early and took the top spot with a 29.59. He was the only racer to break the 30-second mark.
Unfortunately, Richie Scanlon had to come late and couldn’t catch him and dropped out of the top three for the first time. Tim Simoneau was back in action and finished second. Finishing it out, Brandon Wilson came in third for the first time this year.
For the women, Maddie Glavin again took the top spot and fourth overall with a fast 30.41 time followed by Maggie Flynn. Rounding out the top three was Kayla Kowal.
Paul Robert for the men and Martha Leich for the women won the Tele-Field. For the snowboarders, Trevor Kupetz took the top spot this week for the men. For the women, Megan O’Neil took the top spot this week.
Remember, next week — week 10 — is our final week of racing and the Jen’s Friends race. Donate some cash in the bin at the start shack and you can take as many runs as you want.
It will also be our end-of-the-season party and awards. We will have a group photo at the base of the North Slope at 5:30 p.m., followed by the awards party in Zip’s Pub from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m.
Also, remember the 24th annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race is March 14, so get yourself signed up. For more information on events going on, go to cranmore.com and click on the events page.