Ski teamers debut in Wyoming, Utah
At Jackson Hole, Park City
Top Sun Valley Ski Team alpine racers are off and
They made their 1999-2000 race season debuts Dec. 12-16 at the Union
Cellular Wild West Classic in Jackson Hole, Wyo. and Dec. 18-21 at the Eric Hays Memorial
giant slaloms in Park City, Utah.
Among Sun Valley racers having good weeks were Jessica Hamilton, Katie
Ann Deist and Biche Rudigoz.
At the Hays Memorial, University of Utah collegiate racers dominated
the top spots in the Intermountain Division event that attracted 105 men and 43 women to
University of Utah race winners were 20-year-old Vermont skier
Elizabeth Sherry (GS, SL) and Jernej Bukovec, 21 (mens GS).
Other Eric Hays race winners were Colorados Jessica Lyle, 20, of
Rowmark (GS); Maines Parker Gray, 20, the Eastern downhill champion from Sunday
River (GS); and Jed Schuetze, 20, of Colorado (SL).
Rudigoz, 18, cracked the top ten in Sundays GS. He placed 10th of
90 finishers, just 1.69 seconds off the winning time.
Hamilton, 15, finished a strong fifth in Mondays SL won by
UUs Sherry. Hamilton was the second J2. Winning J1 in eighth place overall was Deist
while teammate Kat Latham was 10th and the second J1.
Also competing were the Sarchett brothers, Jeff and Robin. Jeff placed
4th in Sundays GS and Robins best was 14th in Saturdays race.
Here are Sun Valleys top class placings for the first two races,
Saturday and Sunday. Mondays SL class results are in parentheses. Tuesdays
races were too late for presstime.
Mens J1 (ages 17-19): 3Biche Rudigoz (8th SL) and
Carl Rixon Jr. 17Doug Paddock (20th SL).
Womens J1: 1Katie Ann Deist (SL). 4Kat Latham
(2nd SL). 5Sarah Mazzola.
Mens J2 (15-16): 4Griffin Post (5th SL). 5Wes
Powell (9th SL). 7William McNeal. 10Zachary Brown (7th SL). 11Evan
Peebles (13th SL). 13Christopher Tatsuno (10th SL). 15Marcus Acker (20th SL).
22Whit Henry (23rd SL).
Womens J2: 3Jessica Hamilton (2nd SL).
Mens J3 (13-14): 1Sean Higgins (1st SL).
Womens J3: 2Laura Durkheimer.
At Jackson Hole Dec. 12-16, Sun Valleys Maggie Acker was third
overall, .66 seconds behind Canadas Katerine Tichy, in the second giant slalom. It
was Sun Valleys best overall finish in the five-day series.
Unfortunately, Acker, one of Americas most promising young
skiers, later suffered a knee injury and had surgery at Sun Valley this week.
Here are the best overall placings for Sun Valley skiers at Jackson
13Katie Ann Deist (SL). 14Jessica Hamilton (GS, SL).
15Carl Rixon Jr. (GS). 21Biche Rudigoz (GS). 28Zach Latham (GS).
33Kat Latham (GS). 34Sarah Mazzola (SL). 60David Clemens (SL).