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Essex's Brennon Goodrich hits a gate during a giant slalom race at Cochran's on Monday afternoon.  PHOTO | OLIVER PARINI PHOTOGRAPHY

Essex’s Brennon Goodrich hits a gate during a giant slalom race at Cochran’s on Monday afternoon.
PHOTO | OLIVER PARINI PHOTOGRAPHY

By Joe Cardello
The Essex Reporter

The girls’ and boys’ Alpine Skiing teams went to North Country for their first giant slalom race of the season on Jan. 23.

The girls’ finished seventh out of nine teams. Head coach Mike Goodrich explained that the girls have been having sporadic practices this year, which hasn’t given them much time to hone their skills.

“They work hard and the effort will bear fruit in the form of results eventually,” Goodrich said.

Top finishers included Hannah Davis 1:20.08, Meredith Payson 1:23.23 and Char Ouellette1:23.61.

The boy’s team finished sixth out of 10 teams, which Goodrich explained contain a lot of racers and even more talent.

“On the boys’ side the hurdle is a very deep field,” Goodrich said. “Mount Mansfield, CVU, Stowe and BFA St. Albans are very deep and experience. All of them had at least three individuals in the top 15.”

Erik DeWitt 1:07.76 was the top finisher for Essex followed by Chase Dunbar 1:11.04 and Kevin Donley 1:12.12.

An honorable mention for the girls’ team was Jessica Hemphill 1:46.03. Honorable finishers for the boys’ team were Brennan Goodrich 1:12.74, Cameron Croft 1:12.97and Jacob Catella 1:17.09.

The next race for the Alpine Ski team will be hosted by Essex and held at Smuggler’s Notch on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7.

Essex's Jaco Catella tucks into a turn during a giant slalom race at Cochran's on Monday afternoon.  PHOTO | OLIVER PARINI PHOTOGRAPHY

Essex’s Jaco Catella tucks into a turn during a giant slalom race at Cochran’s on Monday afternoon.
PHOTO | OLIVER PARINI PHOTOGRAPHY