3-13-19 Meisters

Meghan Cassily of Fryeburg Glass team skis in the yellow course during week 9 of Mountain Meisters at Cranmore Wednesday. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)

While last week had us in winter’s grip with frigid temperatures and howling winds, this week was a breeze. Spring is in the air. We enjoyed another beautiful day on the race course. Temperatures held steady and the courses stayed firm all day long.

The Gibson Cup held its last race, another dualpanel slalom that threw out a number of racers during the day. Another great set from Kevin Hamlin. Maggie Flynn had the fastest female time, with Dyane McIndoe taking second and Ailie Byers following closely behind in third.

For the men, Sean Doucette got his first win, with RJ Gray in second and a great performance from Ron Leighton to take third place. Final Gibson results will be announced at the end-of-season party next week after the conclusion of racing at 4 p.m.

Over on the Meister hill, the day started out cold and hard; many thought the course would soften and slow down. It really didn’t, especially as the thin overhead cloud cover kept temperatures cooler than expected.

Over 360 runs were taken by the end of the day. And again, sometime in the late afternoon, the blue course became the faster course. This week’s Pay2Play generated over $500 toward Starting Point Services for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence. Thank you again to all who participated.

Collecting another first place in the women’s category was Kayla Kowal, with Hilary McCloy in second and Vikki Tinkham taking third. For the men, Richie Scanlon put down the fastest run of the day, with Skip Bartlett in second and Joey Miller holding third.

On another note: Adam Lanzilotti showed he can ski with the best and put in a top 10 time coming in sixth. Nice run!

There were over 15 racers clocking within a second of each other. Really good skiing. We all enjoyed the extra bright late-night runs from last weekend’s daylight savings time switch.

Jeff Frechette takes another first place in the snowboarder discipline with Trevor Kupetz just a few tenths back and Alan Harris in third. For the women snowboarders, Danielle Jones placed first with Heidi DeWitt in second and Dierdre Braun in third.

Paul Robert maintains his streak with another first place in the men’s telemarker category with Bob Tafuto in second and Larry Huemmler in third. The top two women were Martha Leich and Suzie Boone.

Next week is our last race. The day will benefit Jen’s Friends. Make a donation and take unlimited runs all day. Course will close at 4 p.m. to get ready for the end-of-season party at Zip’s. See you there!

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