SHREWSBURY – Framingham High’s alpine ski teams finished their varsity race season, just before the school vacation beak. Their last race was at Ski Ward on Feb. 16.
Based on her runs all season, Framingham junior Jacklyn Keane qualified for the state meet on March 7 at Wachusett Mountain.
She will be competing against more than 150 racers from across the Commonwealth, in both disciplines, Slalom and Giant Slalom, said head coach Roni Sue Bower.
“Jacklyn finished 24th overall in the Mass Bay Ski League East,” said Bower. “Jacklyn is a racer,who works every week on and off the snow. Jacklyn also races for the Prospect Hill Ski Team during the weekend, which has enabled her to get on the snow and in a race course more often.”
Bower said she is looking forward to the state meet.
“I’m hoping the snow stays on the mountain for an incredible race. The average course time for our local races is 30 seconds,” said Bower. “At the State meet the average time for the Giant Slalom is over a minute on the Smith Walton Trail. The course is challenging and long. Stamina and speed is what you need to be successful. I am expecting Jacklyn to have a great day.”
Sophomore Ben Fortin finished the season with a huge 23rd place, said Bower in that final meet.
“It was his best race and finish of the year,” said Bower. “Ben improved his time in the second run by over a second. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but ski races are decided by hundredths of a second.”
Every race our racers are competing against 11 other schools. There are more than 90 boys and girls racing, said Bower.
Fortin just missed qualifying for the state meet. He finished 29th overall, during the regular season.
“Ben is a sophomore, so he will continue to improve and move up in the standings. Looking forward to see what next season brings,” said Bower.
Freshman Andrew Keane is another rising star on the boy’s team, said Bower.
“Andrew had two solid runs,” said Bower. “Junior Michael Horblit, continues to be consistent for the boys scoring points for the team each race.”
In the Mass Bay Ski League East, the boys team finished 7th overall for the season.
Within the Bay State Conference teams, the Flyers finished second behind Wellesley, said Bower.
The Flyers finished 33 points ahead of Newton North and 59 points in front of Brookline and 206 points a head of Milton.
Our boys are competitive in the Bay State Conference, said Bower.
“We will miss Senior captain Jared Brockway, who has been a part of the team since it’s inception, 2014,” said Bower. “Jared has scored points each season to move our team a head and has been a leader in building our team.”
Captain Lara Williams and Allison Fortin will be graduating, too, said Bower.
“They have been a great part of the team. Lara has been a part of the team since the team began. She was not a racer and has become a racer in a short time. Lara has improved each year. Each and every practice Lara listened so that she could improve her racing and skiing skills,” said Bower.
Senior Allison Fortin contributed to team points with a 42nd place finish for Run 1 and then improving her time by over a second to a 32nd place finish in Run 2, said Bower.
The girls scored 244 points, but finished 10th out of 12 teams, for the season.