Wilton ski teams start seasons strong

The Wilton girls ski team, pictured from last season, earned a first-place team finish at the CISL Class S season-opening race last week. Eight of it's team members finished in the top 12.

The Wilton girls ski team, pictured from last season, earned a first-place team finish at the CISL Class S season-opening race last week. Eight of it’s team members finished in the top 12.

Wilton ski team / Contributed photo

WILTON — The high school ski team took advantage of the recent winter weather at Mount Southington last week as the team carved through the fresh snow on its way to first and second place in the first Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League race of the season.

The Wilton girls ski finished with a first-place performance with a total accumulated team score was 307.88. That mark was good enough to separate the team from the rest of the field, with second-place Weston High School finishing 28 seconds behind at 335.88. Lauralton Hall finished with a score of 348.28 and New Canaan finished with a score of 350.28.

Six Warriors finished in the top-10 out of a field of 63 skiers. Senior co-captain Kira Howard finished with a combined two-run time of 49.23. Her first heat saw her cross the finish line in 23.54 seconds, followed by a 25.69 performance. She placed second to Woodstock Academy’s Eliza Simpson, who edged her by more than one second.

The next three names in the top 10 were all Wilton Warriors.

Sophomore Isabella Furman finished third with a combined score of 49.85, crossing the finish line just milliseconds after one of her team’s captains.

Freshman Karolina Bukowski finished fourth with a combined score of 51.13, just narrowly edging another senior captain, Alexandra Magnussen, who placed fifth with a score of 51.19. Junior co-captain Sophia Polito claimed seventh place, while sophomore Sloane Sullivan captured ninth. Wilton also had two more skiers place just outside the top 10, with Samantha Mims and Abby Kyle finishing 11 and 12 respectively, giving the Warriors eight skiers in the top-12.

“Having two new skiers in our top three spots as well as having our returning skiers back in form bodes well for our Warriors this season,” said Bill Howard, Wilton girls head coach. “We had a late start with very limited practice time due to COVID-19 but we are now in full race mode and looking forward to our next competition.”

In fact, Wilton has only had one mountain practice prior to this first race. That did not hamper either team as the Wilton boys finished a close second in its team race, with four skiers finishing in the top-10 individually.

Weston High School finished with a team score of 292.86 at the first CISL race, as the three-time defending Class S state champion Wilton boys finished just behind at 293.76.

Senior co-captain Christian Theoharides claimed first place with a score of 45.51. Fellow senior co-captain Ryan van Heyst finished in fourth with a score of 46.97. Junior co-captain Ryan Leung finished in ninth and senior Kiel Polito took 10th. The future of the perennial powerhouse Warriors team looked bright, too, as freshmen Daniel Zoubarev and Owen Theoharides both secured strong positions, finishing in 11th with a score of 50.25 and 15th with a score of 50.73, respectively.

“I’m very proud of our boys’ strong start, especially with only one mountain practice beforehand,” said Michael Kaulins, Wilton boys head coach. “I have no doubt that our three-time Class S state champs will achieve another great season of skiing.”

Wilton’s next trip up the lifts will be Thursday.