Relyea, Fleming headed to state ski meet
Two area competitors will compete in the state skiing championships on Monday and Tuesday.
Johnstown’s Emily Fleming qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Alpine Skiing Championships, while Mayfield’s Madison Relyea will compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Nordic Skiing Championships.
The alpine championships will take place Monday and Tuesday at Bristol Mountain in Canandaigua, while the nordic meet will take place Monday at Tuesday at Gore Mountain in North Creek.
The nordic meet was moved from Bristol Mountain late this week due to a lack of snow.
“The decision to move the NYSPHSAA Nordic State Championships to Gore Mountain was based on conditions at Bristol Mountain that did not allow us to host a quality state championship event next week,” said NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas in a news release. “Bristol Mountain will continue to serve as the host of the Alpine Championships and we are thankful that Gore has worked with us to move the Nordic Championships for a second consecutive year. While this is not ideal, it is always our goal to provide the best championship experience for our student-athletes in the safest environment and in the best possible venues.”
The venue change figures to help Relyea, who competed at Gore Mountain several times this season, including qualifying for the state meet there at the Section II Championships on Feb. 14.
Relyea earned her spot at the state championships for the second straight year with her finish at sectionals.
“We were expecting Madison to qualify this year,” Mayfield coach Ryan Bornt said. “She consistently finished in the top five during the regular season.”
Relyea, a freshman, finished the 7.5K skate race in fourth with a time of 21:26.0.
Relyea was 23rd at last year’s state meet. She has also qualified for the state cross country meet in each of the past two years.
“Madison typically performs well under pressure,” Bornt said. “Hopefully, the excitement of state competition helps her to ski her best. If Madison finishes in the top 20, I’m sure she would be pleased with her performance.”
Fleming punched her ticket to the state meet, with a pair of solid finishes at the Section II Championships on Feb. 13 at West Mountain in Queensbury.
“In ski racing, nothing is ever a given. I was always very hopeful that Emily would qualify. We compete in a sport that is won or lost by hundredths of a second so it always comes down to the final races of the regular season.” Johnstown coach Jeff Krempa said. “Emily was very calm and kept great composure throughout the season, I’m super excited her hard work paid off and she has the opportunity to represent Johnstown at the state meet at Bristol.”
Fleming posted a time of 59.64 in the giant slalom and followed it with a 12th place run in the slalom with time of 54.66.
“Emily will no doubt rise to the occasion. With Emily, it doesn’t matter the sport, she always brings the intensity,” Krempa said. “I’m sure the nerves will be there, but she’s very comfortable skiing and will bring it no matter what.”
It will be Fleming’s first trip to the state meet.
“I hope Emily enjoys the experience at the state meet and races hard,” Krempa said. “Both her teammates and I are proud of what she’s accomplished this year.
Racing for both the alpine and nordic meets will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday.
Results from both the 2018 nordic and alpine state championships may be found at www.NYSPHSAA.org.