FHC varsity ski looks to improve after its Saturday race


The boys and girls varsity ski teams participated in an invitational this past Saturday, February 4. Although scores were not properly recorded for the second runs, they learned a lot about what they needed to do to get better for the remainder of the season.

In the third race of the season, senior captain Christian Bethea led the way with a time of just over 29 seconds. Following closely behind was Brett Comiskey four-tenths of a second behind. On the girl’s side, Chloe Cox led the way with 30 seconds with Addy Quinn with a time of 31 seconds. Both girls being underclassmen, this showing was really impressive.

Christian commented on what the team learned and how they are going to apply it. “Personally I learned starts are the most important part of the race, without enough snow for a start mound we really had to skate to get ahead of the competition.” Christian is an experienced member of the team who helped teach the newer members how to start better.

Although no one on either team placed exceptionally high the meet was optional, so nothing was really impacted. It was mainly just a learning experience for a team trying to get as many races under its belt as possible before regionals.

Another senior, but only second-year team member, Max Cooper discussed yesterday what he thought about the event. “It wasn’t my best race and I still have a lot of room for improvement but the team did well.” Max has high hopes for what this team can accomplish this season.

Senior captain Lucy McLean added what she was planning to work on in practice this week in preparation for the next meet.”I’m planning on waxing my skis because I just got new ones, and as a team, we are really going to work to practice both giant slalom and slalom in practice this week.”

With this in mind, the team gears up for its next meet at Cannonsburg on Thursday, February 9.