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Yurkerwich sets sights on skiing regionals

MIT Skiing finished their IAP Training Camp with races in giant slalom at Gunstock on Friday and slalom at Blackwater on Saturday. Highlights from Friday’s race include a personal second best USSA points race for Jonathan D. Allen ’14, who finished 62nd for the men; a huge personal improvement for Alix M. de Monts ’13, who finished 60th for the women; and a top points race for Jennifer L. Hawkin, who finished 66th. MIT’s third woman was Sarah J. Laderman ’12 in 71st. Jillian R. Reddy ’11 did not finish. The men’s remaining scorers were Jason D. Pier ’13 in 28th, Michael J. Yurkerwich ’11 in 50th, and Joshua Walker CME in 65th.

Saturday’s race saw a better showing from the entire team. Chyleigh J. Harmon ’14 led the women’s team, finishing 51st. Behind her both Reddy and Hawkin had personal best USSA points races, coming in 73rd and 75th, respectively. Rounding out their scoring was Laderman in 77th. De Monts did not finish her second run. For the men’s team, Allen and Walker also had personal best race results. They finished 59th and 60th while Pier came in 28th.

Yurkerwich earned another crucial top-25 finish, placing 18th. He is in strong contention for an individual spot at Regionals this season. The results depend on the fifth place team in the league: If the men’s team from the University of Massachusetts is able to beat that from the University of Connecticut by a total of two places over the final two upcoming races, Yurkerwich will represent the McConnell Division. (If UConn finishes ahead of UMass, an individual from UMass will go instead.) Yurkerwich will know the results after one more slalom and one more giant slalom, which will be held at Wildcat in New Hampshire this weekend.

—Alexis Dale, Team Representative