Boys second, girls fourth at State alpine ski

Courtesy photo The Pinedale High School alpine ski team celebrates a second-place finish for the boys’ varsity team and fourth place for the girls at the 2023 State Alpine Ski Meet in Teton Village on March 3-4.

JACKSON – The Pinedale High School alpine ski team shredded the slopes at the State Alpine Ski Meet at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village on March 3-4.

The Wrangler boys’ varsity team snagged second place overall, posting 65 team points. The Lady Wranglers placed fourth as a team with 30 points.

“We had a fantastic weekend at the State ski meet,” wrote Head Coach Scott Auld and assistant coaches Dylan Bear and Dan Williams. “Our athletes skied smart, they skied clean and it paid off for them. Second place for the boys and fourth place for the girls are an improvement for this season. We couldn’t be more proud of everyone.”

Snow and wind created “tough” skiing conditions and low visibility during the giant slalom race on Friday and the slalom race on Saturday, said Coach Bear. True to form, Wranglers and Lady Wranglers took the adverse weather in stride.

“The team buckled down and focused on the task at hand,” Coach Bear remarked. “The athletes showed up with a mindset and confidence that I knew was going to produce great things. Practicing and working on tactics over the season came together for the skiers at State and it was great to see. The modesty and sportsmanship displayed by our athletes made me proud of each and every one. It was a true blessing to be with them this year.”

Sophomore James Tolson earned All-State recognition for cumulative points tallied over the course of a successful season including multiple top-10 finishes.

At State, Tolson placed 10th in giant slalom on Friday, clocking both runs in at 2 minutes, 12.97 seconds. He snagged ninth place in the slalom races on Saturday with a combined time of 1:38.77.

Sophomore Destin Williams came in ninth place in the boys’ varsity giant slalom on Friday, timing in at 2:11.46.

Freshman Tristan Robertson bagged 10th place in the boys’ varsity slalom race on Saturday, posting a combined time of 1:38.83.

In girls’ varsity, sophomore Nora Broadhead led the Pinedale pack on both Friday and Saturday. She came in 13th place on the giant slalom course on Friday with a time of 2:19.77. On Saturday, Broadhead earned 11th place, clocking both slalom runs in at 1:50.91.

Additional giant slalom results

Junior Ana Mika picked up 17th place in girls’ varsity with a time of 2:27.21 after completing the two runs. Senior Sydney Wise placed 22nd at 2:35.34. Fellow senior Aubrey Bryan-Summer finished in 23rd place at 2:36.43 with freshman Eleanor Tolson in 29th place at 2:44.84 and junior Lyla Maxwell in 31st at 2:50.85.

In boys’ varsity, freshman Dune Mecartney took 14th place at 2:16.96. Sophomore Joe Boylan placed 17th at 2:23.93. Junior Connor Crockett came in 20th place at 2:24.82 with Robertson in 29th at 2:46.56.

Additional slalom results

Eleanor Tolson captured 13th place in girls’ varsity on Saturday, timing both races in at 1:56.31. Bryan-Summer placed 15th at 1:58.85, with Mika in 17th place at 2:03.07, Wise in 21st place at 2:06.43 and Maxwell in 25th place at 2:15.63.

Williams took 11th place in boys’ varsity with a time of 1:40.27. Boylan finished in 15th place at 1:43.54 with Mecartney in 16th place at 1:44.14 and Crockett in 20th place at 1:53.12.