The Broncs alpine teams kicked off the 2021 campaign over the weekend in Laramie, and even though Jackson was missing a number of key skiers, the Broncs learned they’ve got their work cut out for them this season.
On the girls side Jackson scored victory with 123 points, edging out Cody at 106. Laramie was third with 47 and Kelly Walsh fourth with 33.
Taylor Smith and Morgan Kilmain led the charge for the Broncs, both scoring individual wins.
In Thursday’s giant slalom, Smith took the win in 1:06.33, Kilmain finished second in 1:07.94, Skylar White was third in 1:13.7, and Brynn Crabtree finished sixth in 1:14.99.
In Friday’s slalom, Kilmain won with a combined time of 1:25.92, Smith was second in 1:27.67, Crabtree was fourth in 1:42.8 and Cadel Carrigan finished 10th in 1:49.74.
“I just didn’t know how they would stack up with the rest of the state,” head coach Cody Hansen said. “I wasn’t totally surprised, but I was not sure we were going to finish first.”
On the boys side, Jackson started strong with the giant slalom but came apart in slalom. Eddie Owens took the GS victory in 1:08.17, Matthew Lamb was eighth in 1:11.09, Yostin Delgado 19th, Jopseph Zolik 20th and Brooks Heard 25th.
In slalom the Broncs managed only three finishers, with Eddie Owens fourth, Lamb 14th and Zolik 19th. Cody, meanwhile, finished all five skiers both days to take the team victory on 112 points. Kelly Walsh was second with 69, Natrona County third with 66, and Jackson settled for fourth at 49.
Hansen said he was pleased with Owens’ victory and noted the squad should look much different next time out. Still, Cody was clearly the team to beat, finishing all five skiers in both races.
“I’ve just never seen them finish all of their skiers the first race of the season,” Hansen said of Cody. “Every team has a few kids falter the first meet, and they didn’t. All I know is that’s a good sign for them.”
Jackson will be back at it Jan. 22-23 at Casper.