Senior Olivia Racette captured the Secton IX alpine skiing sectional title on Tuesday, February 13 at Hunter Mountain. Olivia now advances to the state championship at Bristol Mountain in Canandaigua on February 26 and 27. Olivia began skiing on the Varsity team as a seventh grader and was competing for the sixth time in sectionals. She has competed five times at the state meet but this was her first sectional title. She is a four sport athlete who plays soccer in the fall and softball in the spring. In the winter she participates in basketball and skiing. She does all this while maintaining an academic average that puts her high in the “Top 10” of the Senior class.
Racette won every race she competed in this year but placed third in the first race in the championship, the giant slalom. Olivia came roaring back to win the slalom race in a blistering 36.60 seconds which was more than 3 seconds ahead of the next competitor. Competitors are ranked by their combined times and Olivia’s final time was more than 2 seconds better than second place.
Julia Johnston, who has skied well all year, placed eighth in the combined standings. Julia’s finish qualifies her for the state meet at Bristol.