Results from Final High Country Junior Race Series Race at App Ski Mountain; Simione Takes Fastest Time

Published Monday, February 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

By Paul T. Choate

Girls 11-12 age group top three finishers for sixth race. (Left to right) Olivia Jochl, second place; Ashley Simione, first place; Katie Goode, third place. Photo by Ken Ketchie

Girls 11-12 age group top three finishers for sixth race. (Left to right) Olivia Jochl, second place; Ashley Simione, first place; Katie Goode, third place. Photo by Ken Ketchie

Feb. 25, 2013. The High Country Junior Race Series concluded their 2013 season on Sunday, Feb. 24, at Appalachian Ski Mountain. This was the championship event and medals were awarded for the sixth and final race of the season, as well as trophies being awarded to the racers with the best cumulative points throughout the season. Additionally, the prestigious mountain trophy to the team with the most points was handed out. 

Started in 1984, the series has become one of the most popular winter events for young people in the area and was the subject of an in-depth profile in the February/March edition of High Country Magazine. To read that story, click here

We will cover the cumulative points totals and team championship in a separate story; but for now, we focus on the results of the sixth and final race. There was an exciting twist on a well-known rivalry in the series this past Sunday. 

For the past eight years, a friendly but competitive rivalry has been brewing in the HCJRS. Olivia Jochl and Ashley Simione, 12-year-olds on the Sugar Mountain Ski Racing Team, are a familiar pair on the podium. 

The girls have finished “one – two” at so many competitions over the last eight years and that was no different this year. Through the first five races of the 2013 season, Olivia won every one of the races in the girls 11-12 age group. Ashley finished in second place in all five races this season leading up to the championship — but in previous years has taken first place several times. 

Less than a second separated the girls in three of the first five races, and Olivia won by less than one-tenth of a second in the fourth race, 29.66 to 29.73.

Olivia Jochl (center) holds up the cumulative points first-place trophy with Ashley Simione (left) getting second and Katie Goode (right) getting third. Photo by Ken Ketchie

Olivia Jochl (center) holds up the cumulative points first-place trophy with Ashley Simione (left) getting second and Katie Goode (right) getting third. Photo by Ken Ketchie

Not to be swept in the season series, Ashley hit her stride in the sixth and final race. Her time of 27.99 seconds was enough to beat Olivia by one one-hundredth of a second for first place on the podium and was also good for the fastest time recorded for any racer during the sixth race. 

Olivia ultimately won the cumulative title for the girls 11-12 age group, but rest assured Ashely was glad to take that top spot on the podium following five straight second-place finishes this season. Well done, Ashley!

Others to record a time under 30 seconds included: Maddox Spires, 28.81; Will T. Spradling, 29.21; Wiley Speckmann, 29.32; Will Ambler, 29.59; Hannah C. Barbour, 29.95; Mikel Smalle, 29.92; and Nicole Ferren, 29.40. 

“I think it was the best season I’ve been involved in. I think every year it’s getting better and better and I had a blast. I’m just of sad it’s over,” said Thea Young, Appalachian Ski Mountain Team coach. “I have really enjoyed working with all the kids and I know a lot of them are already thinking about next year.” 

Results for the cumulative age group winners for the season, as well as the announcement of the mountain team champion, will be profiled in our next article on the HCJRS. Updated: This story is now available: Appalachian Ski Mountain Team Wins High Country Junior Race Series Team Championship with 15,331 Points

Race results

Girls 6 and under

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
1 Eva Young app 36.4800 36.1700 36.1700
2 Bella Payne sugar 39.6500 39.0900 39.0900
4 Karolina Nosarzewski beech 44.6600 46.1300 44.6600
7 Sarah Grosser Sugar 52.6200 47.8700 47.8700
8 Avery Moretz app 97.7100 84.2800 84.2800

Boys 6 and under

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
10 Charlie Martyn beech 38.7600 39.6300 38.7600
12 Andrew Hill app 40.5000 40.8500 40.5000
11 Connor Hearn app DNF 43.8900 43.8900
13 Ayden Johnson sugar 46.2300 46.3900 46.2300
15 Cavan Bannon app 49.1000 49.1800 49.1000
14 Aiden Crisler app 62.6300 54.8000 54.8000

Girls 7 & 8

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
21 Ava Jane Schmidinger sugar 35.6200 33.9000 33.9000
20 Keely Hendricks sugar 37.2000 40.2500 37.2000
26 Sunny Green app 40.5600 39.6100 39.6100
22 Mercer Long app 42.7700 40.6400 40.6400
23 Sophie Speckmann app 42.8200 41.8100 41.8100
29 Emily Gray app 42.1000 42.1500 42.1000
28 Tatum Mellor app 46.5200 45.6500 45.6500
33 Caitlin Horn app 51.3100 53.6100 51.3100
25 Faye Smalle sugar 57.0100 60.5100 57.0100

Boys 7 & 8

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
41 Thomas Mennen sugar 34.4300 32.5700 32.5700
40 Andrew Geouque app 34.0800 36.4000 34.0800
48 Timothy Eustice beech 37.3400 38.0100 37.3400
49 Jensen Moretz app 39.0800 38.3300 38.3300
53 Samuel Campbell app 42.0100 38.3900 38.3900
47 Griffin Dillman app 48.7100 38.4100 38.4100
51 Ian Provencher beech 38.9400 38.4700 38.4700
42 Andrew Jones app 39.7900 38.9500 38.9500
59 Colin Burts Sugar 39.2500 40.4400 39.2500
46 Cameron Torman app 40.2800 39.6300 39.6300
56 Cole Pace app 41.6300 42.5600 41.6300
43 Grayson Matney beech 42.6500 41.7500 41.7500
52 Henri Paris sugar 41.7800 42.6200 41.7800
45 Luke Milhaupt app 43.2600 43.5400 43.2600
60 Justin Barbour Sugar 43.8100 46.0700 43.8100
55 Emmit Coffey app 47.6200 46.1600 46.1600
57 Smith Bradshaw app 49.7900 47.7400 47.7400
50 Will Covington sugar 47.8200 48.1100 47.8200

Girls 9 & 10

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
66 Hallie Rose Donadio app 30.4300 30.2900 30.2900
65 Sophia Lehmann sugar 32.1200 31.3900 31.3900
69 Emiley Geouque app 31.5000 35.6900 31.5000
70 Alice Knight app 32.8000 32.3300 32.3300
68 Magali Turner app 33.3800 34.4100 33.3800
71 Hanna Kozar Rogers beech 34.9500 36.0600 34.9500
72 Tessa Kozar Rogers beech DNF 35.7300 35.7300
74 Kate Ambler app 36.4500 36.2500 36.2500
67 Jackie Granger beech 37.8600 36.6000 36.6000
75 Suzannah Gurkin app 37.1100 38.5000 37.1100
82 Abby Vogel app 38.0500 37.2900 37.2900
79 Eva Giguire beech 41.4900 41.4200 41.4200
78 Peyton Walton app 48.3600 48.2000 48.2000

Boys 9 & 10

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
94 Maddox Spires app 30.0500 28.8100 28.8100
90 Will T. Spradling sugar 29.7400 29.2100 29.2100
92 Wiley Speckmann app 29.3200 30.2500 29.3200
89 Grant McAllister app 32.1500 30.4100 30.4100
91 Joshua Grosser sugar 31.6000 31.3900 31.3900
93 Ethan Campbell app 32.2100 32.9500 32.2100
112 Dennis Schneider app 43.4800 36.2200 36.2200
98 George Young app 36.6200 36.9900 36.6200
97 Jackson Hudspeth app 39.2100 38.0700 38.0700
95 William Abernethy app 38.9200 41.1400 38.9200
114 George Crumpler app 39.2800 40.8500 39.2800
101 Ben Avason app 39.6100 40.0200 39.6100
100 Dawson Willis beech 40.7900 39.7200 39.7200
96 Angus Currie beech 42.5300 39.9200 39.9200
108 Aiden Turner app 46.1900 41.1700 41.1700
109 Luke Ramsdell app 43.8300 44.5400 43.8300

Girls 11 & 12

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
120 Ashley Simione sugar 28.2100 27.9900 27.9900*
121 Olivia Jochl sugar 28.0000 28.0600 28.0000
122 Katie Goode beech 31.0400 DNF 31.0400
126 Lachlann Currie beech 32.8600 32.2200 32.2200
125 Jeannie Sapp beech 33.7100 33.0600 33.0600
123 Katie-Mac Knight app 34.6400 33.6300 33.6300
131 Annamarie Eustice beech 35.6300 34.7400 34.7400
134 Emma Hudspeth app 36.9200 35.3800 35.3800
132 Jo Hill app 36.7300 35.9100 35.9100
127 Skylar Strange sugar 36.6200 37.4000 36.6200
129 LiLi M. Bauer sugar 39.0200 38.4900 38.4900
135 Isabelle Trew app 40.3500 40.3200 40.3200

*Ashley Simione’s time of 27.99 seconds was the fastest time on the mountain.

Boys 11 & 12

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
151 Will Ambler app 29.9700 29.5900 29.5900
149 Karson Pilkenton app 31.5500 30.7000 30.7000
153 George Mennen sugar 30.8900 31.5300 30.8900
154 Julian Nosarzewski beech 33.5500 33.7900 33.5500
158 Thomas Paris sugar 34.1900 33.5600 33.5600
165 Tate Anagnos app 35.4100 34.3600 34.3600
150 Justin N. Simmons sugar 35.6100 34.5900 34.5900
169 Levi Marland app 35.3800 34.7000 34.7000
157 Will Schneider app 35.6300 34.7800 34.7800
155 Lee Byington beech 34.8800 DNF 34.8800
168 Aiden Bannon app 37.6400 37.2000 37.2000
163 August Carter sugar 39.3900 39.6900 39.3900
156 Zachary Schindler app 39.7200 DNF 39.7200
160 Mitchell Abernethy app 42.2500 41.9700 41.9700
161 J. Will Vestal sugar 44.0500 42.7500 42.7500
166 Alexander Brown app 43.0300 43.9300 43.0300

Girls 13 & 14

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
176 Hannah C. Barbour sugar 30.3100 29.9500 29.9500
184 Lauren Matherly beech 32.9200 34.8700 32.9200
186 Emma Carder beech 34.3100 34.7600 34.3100
180 Savannah Torman app 35.7900 34.7000 34.7000
187 Morgan Paris sugar 36.2800 36.0500 36.0500
190 Holland Currie beech 38.1500 36.8100 36.8100
193 Madison Crisler app 53.9400 37.2000 37.2000
189 Erika Reiger app 49.5000 DNF 49.5000

Boys 13 & 14

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
197 Mikel Smalle sugar 30.7000 29.9200 29.9200
199 C. Spencer Adams sugar 32.4600 31.2400 31.2400
200 Alec Granger beech 33.2800 32.1600 32.1600
201 Austin Horn app 32.4300 DNF 32.4300
195 Martin Smolka sugar DNF 32.9200 32.9200
212 Jackson McKinney Sugar 37.4000 35.3600 35.3600
204 Raleigh Buchanan sugar 36.8000 36.2200 36.2200
207 Baylor Matney beech 37.0000 36.6700 36.6700
203 Douglas Coley sugar 36.9300   36.9300
205 Ryan McSwain app 38.6900 37.1400 37.1400
210 Matt Graham app 40.9800   40.9800

Girls 15 & 16

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
227 Lauryn Hayes app 30.8100 30.4000 30.4000
226 Virginia Currie beech 30.4100 31.1100 30.4100
230 Brianna Barbour sugar 34.8600 33.9800 33.9800

Boys 15 & 16

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
235 Christian Struckmeyer beech 32.6200 32.3000 32.3000
236 Mattew Anderson beech 38.8300 38.6600 38.6600

Girls 17 & 18

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
240 Nicole Ferren app 31.4300 29.4000 29.4000
242 KC Crisler app 31.7400 31.6500 31.6500

Boys 17 & 18

Bib Name Mtn 1st Run 2nd Run Best
245 Trevor Gragg app 32.0100 32.8200 32.0100
174 Ryan Baker app DNF 33.0300 33.0300
248 Derek Hilgert app 38.4800 36.5700 36.5700
246 Evan Skeen app 36.9100 39.5200 36.9100

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