Freshman Katie Gagnon moves around a gate during Belmont's alpine meet at Gunstock on Friday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 09, 2017GILFORD – For the first time this season, the local alpine ski teams took to the slopes of Gunstock Mountain on Friday to compete in a race that included some heavyweights from Division II and III.
The boys' race saw perennial power Kennett snag the top spot with 760 total points between the slalom and giant slalom races. Gilford High School was next in second place with 712 points, while Belmont High School nabbed fourth place with 702 points.
In the girls' race, Kennett also captured the victory with a convincing total of 773 points. The Golden Eagles were fourth in that race with 680 points, while the Red Raiders were sixth on the strength of 588 points.
Sophomore Nolan Gagnon was Belmont's top finisher in both the GS and slalom, with his best showing coming in the slalom with a fifth place performance. Gagnon traversed the slalom with a two-run total of 1:11.51.
Nick Galambos was next in the event, crossing the line in 11th position overall with a time of 1:15.47. Jake Deware also scored in 15th place (1:18.34), with Kaleb Brown (20th, 1:22.77) and Adam Sojka (21st, 1:23.31) rounding out the roster.
In the GS, Gagnon raced to a 12th place finish (54.62), with Galambos (14th) and Deware (17th) earning top 20 finishes. Sojka was 25th for Belmont, with Brown taking 28th overall.
The girls' race saw Belmont freshman Katie Gagnon showcase her talents with a pair of top six finishes. In the slalom, Gagnon was third overall with a time of 1:17.51, and she added a sixth place performance in the GS (55.73).
Abby Camire was Belmont's No. 2 scorer in the slalom (22th, 1:34.85), followed by Julie Valengavich in 42nd place (2:15.16).
While Gagnon led the way in the GS, Camire was again the No. 2 finisher for the Raiders in 29th position (1:06.27). Keagan Berry was 30th overall for Belmont (1:06.71), with Valengavich 46th overall in 1:19.29.
Gilford was second as a boys' team in the slalom, totaling 362 points at Gunstock. Junior Tyler Hanf led the way for the Eagles, posting an impressive runner-up finish with a two-run total of 1:08.87. Hanf's second place showing set the tone, though Gilford also received a top 10 finish from Christian Workman, who was eighth overall in 1:12.76.
Colton Workman also scored for Gilford in 12th position (1:16.90), followed by Daniel Ellis (26th, 1:26.02), Matt McDonough (30th, 1:29.81), Adam Donnelly (37th, 1:35.32), Brendan Bergman (41st, 1:40.17), Steven MacDonald (43rd, 1:45.14) and Duncan Howlans (50th, 2:04.81).
Hanf was also Gilford's top finisher in the giant slalom, skiing to a sixth place performance with a time of 53.02 seconds. Christian Workman tied for that spot however, with both scoring sixth place points with identical times.
Colton Workman was again third for his team in 20th position (57.68), with Ellis (31st, 1:00.49) and McDonough (34th, 1:01.75) rounding out the top five Gilford GS finishers.
The Gilford girls' team was had its lone top 10 finish come in the slalom, when Bailey Hildreth crossed the line in eighth place overall with a time of 1:21.94.
Jenny Hancock was next for the Eagles in 11th place (1:24.04), while scoring also came from Nicole Daigneault (30th, 1:47.21) and Hannah Lord (33rd, 1:54.53).
Hancock hopped into the top scoring spot in the GS, where she was 12th overall with a time of 58.01. Next came Hildreth in 15th p