Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A week of speed and surprises at Big Sky

SVSEF speed group competes in FIS races

Twelve J1 (ages 17-18) and J2 (15-16) racers on the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's alpine team have been at Big Sky, Mont. over the past week, competing in the Western Region Open Speed Series of races.

Coach Nate Schwing said, "SVSEF athletes are turning heads" with their solid skiing in the super giant slalom and downhill. As of Sunday, they completed three of four scheduled races with the fourth moved to Monday due to the weather.

"We've seen everything from -27F to 17 F with six inches of new snow and high winds," said Schwing. J1s Tanner Farrow, Miles Sweek and Sierra Fox posted top-10 class placings and Nicole Roos continued her consistent skiing in J2 speed.

There were up to 117 men and 90 women in SGs last Tuesday and Wednesday, then 105 men and 79 women in Sunday's FIS downhill. SVSEF results for the four races are listed here (SG/SG/DH/DH).

J1 men: Tanner Farrow 12-SG (19th overall), 16-SG, 7-DH (11th overall) and 7-DH (11th); Miles Sweek 17-SG (25th overall), 19-SG, 8-DH (12th overall) and 6-DH (8th overall); Harlan Collins 27-SG, 23-SG, 45-DH (overall) and 20-DH (40th overall); Tanner Dirstine (overall) 87-SG, 84-SG, 95-DH, 74-DH (31-J1).

J1 women: Sierra Fox 21-SG overall, 8-SG (10th overall), 8-DH (13th overall) and 5-DH (10th).

J2 men: Ben Kanellitsas 12-SG, 14-SG, 83-DH (overall) and 30-DH; Connor Farrow 14-SG, 31-SG, 19-DH (46th overall) and 11-DH (34th overall); KJ Savaria 17-SG, 16-SG, 14-DH and 25-DH; Cole Caulkins 92-DH (overall) and 29-DH (60th overall); Kipling Weisel 9-SG (40th overall) and 7-SG;

J2 women: Nicole Roos 14-SG (26th overall), 5-SG (14th overall), 17-DH (32nd overall) and 14-DH (24th overall); Teagen Palmer 51-SG and 51-SG (overall), 16-DH (31st overall) and 12-DH (22nd overall).


Deist Memorial GS at Kelly

The Kelly Canyon Ski Team hosted last weekend's Wesley Deist Memorial giant slalom races on Pinto Buffalo ski run in eastern Idaho. Sun Valley juniors filled 36 spots in the 137-skier field of kids ages 7-14.

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation J4 (ages 11-12) racers Will Snyder and Duncan Fuller posted overall victories among boys in Intermountain Division North Series event. Sun Valley's J4 boys owned the podium each day. J5 Molly Milgard won her class twice. She was seventh overall Saturday.

Best-of-weekend results by age class for Sun Valley skiers:

J4 (ages 11-12) boys: 1—Will Snyder and Duncan Fuller. 2—Yuri McClure. 3—Kyle Maxwell. 5—Wyatt Smith. 10—John Blackburn. 11—River Vorse-Whittier. 12—Matteo Jorgenson. 16—Cade Street and Noah Leininger. 18—Cooper Dart and Tobias Verheijen. 23—Clay Cutler. 25—William Lind. 26—Mac Mizer. 29—Travis Flynt. 33—Travis Wilkinson.

J4 girls: 5—Katelyn Rathfon. 6—Margot Griffith. 7—Sage Rheinschild. 8—Royce Rheinschild. 9—Pilar Pennell and Hallie MacPherson. 15—Riley Revallier and Isabella Welsh. 16—Bailey Holter. 17—Poppy Vorse-Whittier.

J5 (ages 9-10) boys: 5—Bennett Snyder. 6—Jake Blackburn. 7—Will Griffith. J5 girls: 1—Molly Milgard. 5—Madison Ferris. 22—Mikayla Dickinson.

J6 (ages 7-8) boys: 2—Buey Grossman. 6—Charlie Snyder. J6 girls: 1—Sage Curtis. 7—Aubree Dickinson.

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