There was a lot more to Kearsarge’s Brie Von Beren’s season than individual accolades and personal success. In a sport where you stand alone at the start gate and make each cut relying on your own instincts and abilities, Von Beren found a way to inspire her team.
“Brie likes to go and then all of a sudden, midseason, the other girls saw the separation happening and they all of a sudden stepped on the gas pedal,” Kearsarge Alpine Coach Bob Underhill said. “They all kind of in their own ways decided they wanted to go a little faster and it really showed at states. They all got to the top of the hill and decided they wanted to go.”
The result was a second straight Division III championship for the Kearsarge Alpine teams and a memorable showing for the sophomore Von Beren. In the giant slalom, Von Beren cruised to a first-place finish, completing the two fastest runs of the event for a total time of 1:15.26. She was no slouch in the slalom either, scoring big points for the Cougars while riding to a second-place finish in 1:22.36.
Von Beren’s success on the slopes opened the door for postseason racing where she competed at the Meet of Champions at Cannon Mountain on March 6 and skied for New Hampshire at the Eastern High School Alpine Championships at Attitash on March 11.
“I think she still has a lot of room for improvement,” Kearsarge Coach Jill Underhill said. “She’s pretty motivated to get better and this is something she really likes to do. What’s good is the postseason gave her a really good measurement to where she stands with the other kids.”
And the young skier held her own.
She placed sixth overall in the giant slalom at the Meet of Champions and placed 31st out of 94 skiers at the Eastern High School Championships in the same event.
For a young athlete with two more years of development left at Kearsarge, Von Beren’s arrow is pointing straight up.
“She let some of the older kids kind of intimidate her at the end but I think you’ll see that go away a little bit more next year,” Bob Underhill said. “She has a good attitude, goes and trains everyday with us and is always looking for ways to get faster.”