Jonathan Yudell described himself as coasting.
Coasting as in 37.85 seconds — the second-fastest boys’ time in slalom — second only to his own, previous 36.99.
But the goal, the New Rochelle/Bronxville team junior explained, was to remain upright to achieve his ultimate goal — Section 1 skimeister.
And so the kid who had earlier said, “I tend to ski every race as if it’s my last,” coasted to the section slalom championship Wednesday and, in turn, the skimeister title, which represents lowest combined slalom and giant slalom times.
Not to be left out, sophomore sister Stefanie captured the girls giant slalom after Jonathan won the boys giant slalom.
With Stefanie taking second and Brewster’s Charlotte Lester third, the girls skimeister title went to Yorktown junior Emily Concialdi (first in slalom, third in giant slalom).
It also was a banner day for North Salem as both its boys and girls squads won the three-skier team competition.
Helen Eifert, Bonnie Singh and Dakota Adamic made up the winning North Salem girls squad.
The boys team was made up of Scott Michaels and brothers Bear (junior) and Nils (freshman) Carlson, who were second and third, respectively, in skimeister.
It was a very good day for family with Clarkstown sisters Martyna (freshman) and Veronica (junior) Czarnik also qualifying for states.
Although one of four siblings to have skied for Yorktown, Concialdi was the only family representative on the slopes Wednesday.
Last year, she won slalom and was second in skimeister to the dominant but now-graduated Megan Joyce of Carmel, against whom she’d competed since eighth grade.
“I knew with no Megan Joyce, I had to push myself (this year),” Concialdi said.
Yorktown coach Bill Robertson pointed to Concialdi’s athleticism and work ethic as huge pluses.
That work includes pushing herself, at co-coach Wendy Nufer’s insistence, to post times better than many top boys.
“That’s the only way to get top-10 at states,” explained Nufer.
States are February 24-25 at Bristol Mountain.
Concialdi will be one of 18 Section 1 skiers there.