Pine Mountain Ski Team participates in ‘Rumney’

MARQUETTE — Pine Mountain Ski Team sent 10 racers to Marquette for the Rumney Memorial giant slalom race on Saturday.

Eighty-five racers age 8 to 17 from around the UP participated.

Finn Conley’s first in the 10U boys division led PMST. Brooke Bittinger finished second in 16U girls division while Maria Fornetti (14U) and Megan Bittinger (12U) both finished third. Ella Rizzo earned the final podium spot with a fifth in the 14U girls division.

“We were very excited with the results from our Pine Mountain team,” said Coach John Bittinger. “Even those that didn’t end up on the podium showed excellent improvement on each run.

“Marquette’s hill can be a bit intimidating for some racers so nerves sometimes kicks in on the first run but then they relax and ski well after.”

Bittinger said the Rumney Memorial “was a good prep for some of our racers before our home race in two weeks for the Pine Mountain Invite.”

“We expect to field over 20 of our Pine Mountain Ski Team racers in that event so we are looking forward having a good showing there,” Bittinger said.