“It was a sunny and warm day,” freshman Ethan Hockridge said, “the best snow conditions anyone could have hoped for.”
But the skier sustained a significant crash at the Cavs’ Feb. 4 giant slalom race at Northstar.
Hockridge crashed on his second run, only four gates from the finish.
“I was going too fast and couldn’t make the gate,” he said.
“My ski popped off, and I hit the ground hard.”
He was not able to continue as the rules state a skier is disqualified if equipment falls off.
“I hurt my thumb and probably have a few bruises,” Hockridge said.
Even though Hockridge had a bad race, the rest of the team had the best race of the season.
As in his previous race (a Jan. 22 Northstar slalom), freshman Luca Procida placed first in men’s ski.
Junior Daniel Hernried followed close behind, placing fifth.
He improved his giant slalom time by five seconds, which is huge, Hockridge said.
Senior Amelia Fineberg placed fourth for women’s ski, her best placing of the season.
“I raced really well, but the same girl who missed a gate last race missed a gate this time too,” she said. “So I got bumped up again.”
In men’s snowboard, senior Max Schmitz placed 17th.
Senior Aidan Galati placed ninth in women’s snowboard.
The Cavs’ next race is a grand slalom on Monday, Feb. 15, at Boreal.
—By Jack Christian