Gebhardt & Noble Lead Strong Showing at Burke
East Burke, VT. Led by sophomore Kelly Gebhardt’s pair of 2nd place finishes, the Woodstock Union High School Women’s Alpine Ski Team claimed the 2019 Vermont State Championship on Tuesday at Burke Mountain Resort. The team trains at Suicide 6 Ski Area, where many of it’s members learned to ski and race with Ski Runners. And some—including Gebhardt—still do.
In Monday’s giant slalom, Gebhardt trailed eventual winner Lena Sauter of host school Lyndon by just over half a second after the first run. She found the gas pedal and won the second run, but it wasn't quite enough to overcome Sauter, finishing with a combined time of 1:45.51, just .25 seconds back. Ski Runners alum Chloe Noble finished in 7th place with a time of 1:55.18, followed by Woodstock teammates Taylor Blodorn and Alice Sperber. Fellow Ski Runners alum and current member of the coaching staff Maggie Parker skied to 38th place for Woodstock.
With the slalom set for Tuesday, Woodstock needed a strong showing to claim the title, and they got it. Gebhardt again finished second to Lena Sauter with a two-run combined time of 1:27.29. Ski Runners alums Chloe Noble and Maggie Parker were 20th and 22nd respectively. while Blodorn and Sperber brought home 15th and 16th to seal the championship for the Wasps.
I’m really excited. I’m only a sophomore. I think the future of our team is bright because we have so many girls in the top 20. It’s really awesome!
Part of the team’s formula for success is depth. Of the 29 women on the roster, about half of them have raced with Ski Runners, including Gina Sorrentino, Momo Biele, Zoe Napier, Abigail Duane, Anna Steele, Sarah Sprague, Lili Sorrentino, Chloe McKaig, Taylor Crompton, and Hayley DeCoff, in addition to Kelly Gebhardt, Chloe Noble and Maggie Parker. Indeed, the future looks bright!
In the men’s action, Ski Runners U16 and WUHS sophomore Aaron Wilson finished 13th in Monday’s GS, along with Ski Runners alums Riley Quicker in 42nd and Aidan McDermott in 48th. In the men’s SL, Carl Gebhardt was the high finisher for the Wasps, bringing home 25th place.