Skiing - Varsity Coed
2013/14 season summary
This year's Catlin Gabel ski team consisted of six students, three of whom had never raced before this season. To score team points, you need three racers. We had only four boys, which tied us with Sherwood and Riverdale for the honor of being the smallest boys team in the league -- competing against several much larger and experienced teams, several of which we consistently beat. We only had two girls - both rookies - so they were able to compete as individuals but not as a girls team. Still, they also held their own, steadily improving their ranking nearly every race.
The season kicked off with the fun Cato Memorial Ski Race at Timberline where Jeremy Wood and Zac Torng both placed in the top ten out of 120 racers and the Catlin boys varsity placed 4th out of 22 teams! They also won an Honorable Mention for their stunning Viking costumes.
In the regular season, the league pulled off three slalom races and three giant slalom races, after numerous cancellations and rescheduling due to bad weather conditions. Our boys held onto third place ranking throughout most of the season, as the competition got tighter and tougher with teams vying to qualify for State. Only five boys teams get to go, and Catlin was one of them. Meanwhile, our rookie girls also continued to ski hard. Anna Dodson advanced five positions nearly every race and Nina Miller qualified for State in Slalom as an Individual. She ended up ranking 17th in Slalom among all the girls in the league.
At the end of the regular season, both Jeremy Wood and Zac Torng were recognized and received medals at the League Awards Ceremony; Jeremy placed 5th in the league for GS and 8th in the league for Slalom. Zac placed 7th in the league for Slalom and 14th for GS. The boys team ended up 5th in the league and qualified for State due to strong assistance from teammates Max Armstrong and Liam Wynne.
The 2014 OISRA State Alpine Championships were held last week (March 6-7) at Mt. Hood Meadows. The mighty Eagles Ski Team survived tough competition, 70 mph winds, and whiteout conditions on Thursday. Our boys team (Jeremy Wood ('14), Zac Torng ('15), Max Armstrong ('15) and Liam Wynne ('17) came in 12th place in boys' combined team standings, out of 17 teams competing. Zac skied exceptionally well, earning a 12th place overall standing out of 101 competitors. Nina Miller ('16), who qualified as an Individual in the girl's slalom race, moved up to 52nd place from 84th starting position out of 89 girls.
Catlin is always looking for more athletes to join the ski team; they typically practice 2 times per week doing dry land training and spend Fri/Sat on snow. We are currently skiing with the Lincoln team but under our own team banner.