BMA Starts Eastern Championships Strong, Students Take Top Times in Super-G

BURKE - U16 athletes from across the east coast traveled to Burke Mountain for this week's Eastern Championships. Today, skiers were challenged to the girls and boys super giant slalom on the Upper and Big Dipper trails.

Two Burke Mountain Academy students crossed the finish line faster than all other 67 competitors. BMA's Beatrice May, who was seeded 9th in the race, completed the course in 1:16.18, earning her first place in the competition. First ranked Annika Hunt, also of BMA, was close behind with her time of 1:16.79 and was able to secure second place.

Their peer Miriam Maculova also had a strong showing, skiing down Upper and Big Dipper in 1:18.12, just fast enough to land in sixth place.

Five other BMA athletes competed in the super-G. Julia Rodriguez Falco, Kate Levy, and Beatrix Shackleton placed 20th, 22nd, and 23rd respectively. Camryn Knowlton came in 32nd with her time of 1:22.41. Jaya Baude had a similar time of 1:22.86, coming in 36th place.

After 1:00 pm, the boys took their turn on the trail. Out of the 78 participants, Burke Mountain Academy was represented by nine racers.

BMA's Salvador Cornella took home second place with his time of 1:14.27. He was half a second shy of beating first place Gavin Ebert of New York Ski Educational Foundation.

Burke students Harper Sargent and Maximus Sotiriadis also had strong performances. The boys ended their runs in 1:15.09, tied down to the millisecond, earning themselves fourth place.

Lucas McDermott was just two seconds slower with his time of 1:17.13. McDermott placed 29th. John Firestone, Richard Underwood, Christopher Batchelder, Griffin Walters, and Ty Christensen placed 40th, 45th, 46th, 48th, and 54th respectively.

The boys will face off again tomorrow in the giant slalom competition. Girls are scheduled to race the giant slalom on Thursday. Friday will conclude the championships with the boys' and girls' technical slalom.