Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Utah downhillers fastest at Soldier

Sammis/Camas Cup, USSA events

A couple of Park City downhillers came up from Utah last week and clocked the fastest times in the Sammis/Camas Cup and U.S. Ski Association Soldier Mountain downhills.

Richard Slabinski, 45, (1:35.48) won the final round pitting the top 15 qualifiers last Tuesday on Soldier Mountain's Monument ski run. In second place .36 seconds back was Sun Valley's Tyler Ferris, 32, (1:35.84).

Slabinski was the ninth-fastest qualifier in the morning run won by Ferris over Park City's Randall Malin. Slabinski and Malin went on to capture the race wins in Wednesday's USSA Kenny Corrock downhills.

"Conditions were unbelievable—a real clean downhill with no jumps," said race organizer Ken Corrock. There were 63 racers in the morning preliminary round, boiling down to 15 for the afternoon Sammis/Camas.

Rounding out the top five in the Sammis/Camas Cup single-run final were Park City's third-place Randall Malin, 43 (1:36.20); Ketchum's Deeder Petersen, 42 (1:36.50); and Ketchum's Jed Smith, 33 (1:36.63).

Here are the rest of final-round men's times and placings: 6—Matt Buxton 1:37.00. 7—Blake Barrymore 1:37.50. 8—Luke Chaney 1:37.81. 9—Jeff Mintz 1:38.28. 10—Scott Levy 1:38.31. 11—Mike Levy 1:39.46. 12—Chris Probert 1:40.24. 13—Dewey Moss 1:40.47. 14—Paul Robinson 1:43.92. 15—Jimmy Hart 1:46.23.

Far West racer Linda Crowell, 50, third-best in the preliminary round, came down the fastest (1:46.62) in the final Sammis/Camas round Tuesday.

In second and third places were Ketchum's Julie Bell (1:47:53) and Joanne Zwingenberg (1:48.06). Far West racers Chris Paup (1:54.74) and Lena Anrews (2:03.44) were fourth and fifth on the afternoon.

Class winners in the Sammis/Camas final round were Crowell, Paup, Bell, Anrews, Slabinski, Malin, Mintz, Ferris and Chaney.

There were 36 racers in Wednesday's sanctioned downhills. The women placed the same 1-4 in the two runs, with Linda Crowell, Joanne Zwingenberg, Chris Paup and Kim Cathleen Verde one-through-four.

In the first men's USSA DH, Richard Slabinski (1:36.02) was an .83 second winner over Randall Malin with Ketchum's 57-year-old Bob Dreyer (1:39.84) third, Mike Levy sixth (1:41.96) and 52-year-old Walt Halverson seventh (1:42.69).

Malin (1:35.15) took the second DH by .03 seconds over Slabinski (1:35.18). Dreyer (1:38.04) placed third and Scott Levy (1:38.20) fifth.

Besides these racers, class winners among the men Wednesday were 75-year-old Harry Baxter, Harold Wescott, Rolf Funk, Dwight Conant and Christopher Probert.

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