January 25, 2013 was the 7th Annual Graying Invitational at Schuss Mt. The competition included 13 teams and over one hundred skiers, including many of the top teams in the state such as Traverse City and Elk Rapids. Clare Boy’s Ski Team proved they are among Michigan’s finest, taking first place. The younger Clare Girl’s Ski Team finished admirably in the top half, securing the fifth place spot.
In slalom, Jeffrey State led his teammates taking third place, follow by Brett Acton in fifth place, Jordan Hales in tenth place and Charlie Bugbee taking twelfth place. Staten continue to lead the team in giant slalom where he captured fifth place followed by Acton in sixth, Zack Brockway in eleventh, and Hales in thirteenth.
Maggie Merillat led the Pioneer Ladies in slalom, securing third place, followed by Madi Cleary in sixth, Molly Merillat in twenty-third an Hannah Hofweber in twenty-fifth place. In giant slalom, Maggie finished in twelfth place followed by Sierra Kwiatowski in twenty-ninth place, Molly Merillat in thirty-first place an Hofwebe in thirty-third place.
Reflecting on the meet, veteran skier Brett Acton said, “I believe as a team that we performed well and hopefully will continue to perform well at the regional and state level.”
Pioneer Skiers did not race this week due to the abnormal Michigan weather. Their next meet will be Monday at Crystal Mt. and Thursday at Snow Snake.