SKIING Brunswick’s Riera wins State Open title
Jose Riera of Brunswick School won the individual title at the 2019 Connecticut Interscholastic Skiing League State Open Championships on Tuesday at Mount Southington.
Riera, a winner of two regular-season CISL races earlier this winter, posted the fastest times in each of the two runs to take home the first-place trophy by a significant margin.
Riera led the Bruins to a 11th-place team finish overall. Brunswick was fourth in the small school division.
Starting in the 12th position for both runs, Riera skied down the first course with a time of 23.63 seconds. Only four skiers out of a crowded field of more than 190 entrants finished with sub-24 second times on the opening course.
A new course challenged the racers on the second run at Mount Southington. However, Riera posted the quickest time of the competition, finishing the new course in 22.21 seconds. On the second run, just seven skiers broke the 23-second barrier, as Riera was .31 seconds faster than the next finisher.
Over two runs, Riera’s combined first-place time of 45.84 was .87 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
William Kallman was the next highest finisher for the Bruins, placing ninth overall, with a time of 47.47 seconds.
Riera and Kallman have one more scholastic event left, as the duo will race for Team Connecticut at the Eastern State Ski Championships. The three-day event, with teams from 13 different states, will take place at Attitash Mountain in Bartlett, N.H., beginning on March 7.