By LAUREN READ
After the giant slalom race on Monday, the Champlain Valley Union High School girls alpine ski team trailed Woodstock and needed an impressive effort in Tuesday’s slalom race to grab the title.
The Redhawks got the effort but the deficit was too much to overcome as the Wasps captured the Division I state championship.
Woodstock finished the two-event championship with 70 points, while Champlain Valley had 83 points for second place.
Olivia Zubarik led the way for CVU with a third place finish in the two-run slalom race on Tuesday at Burke Mountain. Binny Patton was sixth and Claire Smith followed right behind in seventh place.
Claire Goldman finished in 12th place, while Emma McMahan was 30th to round out the CVU skiers.
On Monday, Zubarik was the top finisher for CVU in the giant slalom race. She finished fourth, while teammate Patton was 10th. Marvin (11th), McMahan (30th) and Smith (43rd) rounded out the skiers.
The CVU boys finished in second place in the slalom race on Tuesday to improve on the program’s giant slalom result.
Turner Barbour finished in seventh place in the slalom for the Redhawks, with Max Gorman coming 18th place. Sean Gilliam was 21st, Seth Boffa right behind in 22nd, Ethan Lisle came in 26th and Brayden Bartlett finished it off in 42nd.
Three of the six CVU skiers did not finish in Monday’s giant slalom, setting them back in the team competition. Gilliam came in 14th, Jack Merrill was 31st and Caleb Nye was 45th.