To round out a successful varsity alpine season, a select group of five Derryfield skiers traveled north yet again to Cannon to test themselves against the 60 best racers from all divisions at the Meet of Champions. From this meet, 12 individuals would be selected to represent New Hampshire at the Eastern High School Championships at Attitash. Even though our athletes were going up against the best in the state, they rose to the occasion and turned in some spectacular results representing Derryfield and Division IV in a way no other group before them has.
In the morning, Miranda Shilling would become the first of four of our racers to qualify for the Eastern team with two fantastic runs to finish fifth overall in the GS. Senior Tucker Ormiston followed suit, taking the bronze with two third place finishes. Junior Aidan Alusic Bingham, sophomore Kyle Goldberg and senior Connor Huftalen would all represent Derryfield and Division IV in terrific fashion by finishing in the top 25 in 19th, 20th, and 24th overall.
In the afternoon, the magic continued with Miranda recording the fastest time in the hill for the girls in slalom and Tucker completing two more runs in slalom to take Silver just 0.1 seconds off the gold. It was an unreal race between Tucker and his rival. Neither held back, and it was fantastic to watch. Aidan, Kyle, and Connor all stepped up their games as well to all place in the top 20. Kyle would once again finish 20th. This was really impressive for a sophomore and bodes well for the future of this team. Aidan also showed what may be in store for us next season with a 13th place finish and became our third Eastern qualifier. Not to be outdone, Connor ripped up the afternoon to finish 15th and also qualified for the Eastern team.
It was a truly remarkable day! These four join Alex Camerino '12, Carla Nyquist '12, Cameron Huftalen '15, and Elijah Gorton '15 as the only Derryfield racers since 2002 to make the Eastern team. It is a pretty special feat for one racer, let alone four, for the same school in the same year.
Congratulations again on a great season and a special day to remember.
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.