Friday, February 26, 2010

Sweek fastest in Soldier Mountain downhills

60 young racers on Salmon River run

Moving from one speed-racing venue to another, 19 Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine racers took part in the Intermountain Cup Soldier Mountain Downhill races Tuesday and Wednesday on the ski slope north of Fairfield.

From the SVSEF, J2 (ages 15-16) Miles Sweek won both of Tuesday's downhills by 4.03-second and 2.92-second margins over J1 (17-18) teammate Bergen Palmer. Kipling Weisel (9th overall) and KJ Savaria (8th) swept J3 (13-14) podiums, with Ben Kanellitsas close behind.

Many of the SVSEF kids had raced last weekend in Open/J1-J3 qualifying super giant slaloms at Bogus Basin outside of Boise and at McCall's Brundage Mountain. And Sun Valley earned a good many of the class podiums on the Salmon River downhill run at Soldier.

For the women, J3 Jordan Fitzgerald earned a couple of class wins and finished sixth overall in Wednesday's 35-gate race. Amanda Stelling and Karlee Stagg also placed high for the SVSEF contingent.

There were 41 men and 18 women in the total field. Chief of race was Ken Corrock of Soldier Mountain Racing. Class placings follow by race, in the order of running:

J1 men (17-18): Bergen Palmer 1-1; Ryan Foster 7-8-7; and Willie Adicoff 8-6-6.

J1 women: Karlee Stagg 2-2-2.

J2 (15-16) men: Miles Sweek 1-1; Tanner Dirstine 13-12-9; Gardner Cord 16-19-14; and Dylan Carroll 21-15.

J2 women: Amanda Stelling 6-7-5; and Corrine Smith 8-8-7.

J3 (13-14) men: Kipling Weisel 3-1-1; KJ Savaria 1-2-2; Ben Kanellitsas 2-4-3; Tanner Josey 9-10-7; and Cole Caulkins 11-9.

J3 women: Jordan Fitzgerald 1-3-1; Marlow Mizer 4-4-3; Natalie Bunting 6-7-5; and Marcia Smith 7-6-4.

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