By BURT ANGELI
KINGSFORD - Three Kingsford High School ski racers will participate in the Division 2 state meet Monday, Feb. 25, at Marquette Mountain.
Becky Cecconi Photo
Kingsford’s Mandy Haferkorn, Nick Cecconi and Camille Cory posted top 10 finishes and qualified for the state ski meet after MHSAA Division 2 regional competition at Boyne Mountain.
Mandy Haferkorn and Camille Cory along with Nick Cecconi qualified for state from the MHSAA Division 2 regional ski meet at Boyne Mountain.
The meet was postponed from Monday to Tuesday. Petoskey swept the team titles. Houghton's boys were the only U.P. team to advance.
"Dropping temps overnight created a very hard surface and perfect conditions for us," Flivver coach Kevin Cory said.
Haferkorn placed fourth in slalom (1:20.27) and seventh in giant slalom (1:04.08) while Cory finished eight in slalom (1:22.87) and fifth in giant slalom (1:02.77).
Flivvers' Maddy Coombs wound up 18th in giant slalom (1:07.89).
"All of the girls skied well," Cory said. "Mandy Haferkorn skied a very solid slalom and giant slalom race. Her second run in slalom was very fast which took her from seventh to fourth and missing the podium by just four-hundredths of a second."
Camille Cory experienced similar results.
"A great second run in slalom boosted Camille from 15th place to eight," said the Flivver coach. "Her giant slalom continues to improve with the second fastest time of the second run."
Only .24 of a second separated first through fifth.
"Maddie Coombs had a great day with a solid giant slalom," said coach Cory. "Top 20 for a freshman is tough to do. You can see she was getting a bit more comfortable as the day went on."
Freshmen Tonia Wilkey and Meghan Schultz did a "very good job" in their first regional meet.
"With so many good skiers and a birth to the state finals to be had, this can be a little nerve-wracking for a young skier," Cory said.
"They skied well and chalked up some very good experience."
For the boys, Cecconi raced to sixth in slalom (1:18.16).
"That was a very solid race for Nick," Cory said. "He wanted that state spot. A fundamental mistake in giant slalom cost him big.
Boys competition was fierce. There are 15 to 20 guys at anytime that can pull one off to win."
Marco Savarin led the Flivvers in giant slalom with a 24th (1:04.30). Matt Anderson posted a solid 33rd.
"Matt skied his best slalom of the year but an unfortunate mishap at the start cost him a top 20 finish," Cory said. "When he kicked out of the start, his ski tip dug in the snow and spun him out. He did recover and skied a very fast second run."
Hunter Laing and Adam Weber skied "very well" in slalom. Cole Kubic also competed for the Flivvers.
U.P Finals are slated for Tuesday at Blackjack Mountain.