In a tough field of 134 men, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) racers couldn't quite make the first page of results representing the top 15 finishers Dec. 15-18 during the Eric Hays Memorial A-J3 Open Series of technical races at Park City (Utah).
But SVSEF women, particularly Samantha Busby, Amanda Stelling and Alexandra "Lexi" Black, did extremely well with class podium finishes in the field of 80 women racing gates on Payday run in the first big event of the Intermountain Division alpine season.
On fire was Busby, who opened the Eric Hays Thursday with a ninth-place slalom finish to win the J3 (ages 13-14) class. Busby followed with a J3 silver in slalom, and bronze and silver in giant slalom—in the process making the top 10 overall in the first three events.
Stelling displayed fine form in J2 (15-16) women with a third place in her class in Thursday's slalom and a sixth-place overall finish in Friday's slalom.
Black improved with each Eric Hays event, eventually placing third in J3 in Sunday's GS. The other podium class finisher from SVSEF was J3 boy Taylor Cooper with a second place in Thursday's slalom.
At the Eric Hays, there were 134 male racers and 80 females from Utah, Wyoming and Idaho in the tech series presented by the Park City Ski Team.
The SVSEF sent a team of 34 racers to the Eric Hays. Class placings and overall distinctions for SVSEF competitors:
J1 boys (ages 17-19): Colin Waycott 19-SL, 24-SL, 20-GS, DNF-GS.
J1 girls: Amanda Stelling 3-SL (11th overall), 4-SL (6th overall), 3-GS, 12th overall), DNF-GS.
J2 boys (ages 15-16): Tanner Josey 14-SL, 16-SL, 16-GS; Garrett Lodge 17-SL, 27-GS, 11-GS; William Harder DNF-SL, 14-SL, 6-GS (22nd overall), DNF-GS; Cole Caulkins 19-SL, 19-SL, 13-GS, 9-GS; Logan Shipley 20-SL, 23-SL, 23-GS, 14-GS; Taylor Adler 24-SL, DSQ-SL, DNF-GS, DNF-GS.
J2 girls: Sofia DeWolfe 12-SL, 7-SL (17th overall), 14-GS, 14-GS.
J3 boys (ages 13-14): Taylor Cooper 2-SL, DNF-SL, 7-GS, 10-GS; Will Snyder 6-SL, 10-SL, 10-GS, 14-GS; Jay Fitzgerald 19-SL, 29-SL, 5-GS, 4-GS; Austin Savaria 12-SL, 25-SL, 16-GS, 30-GS; Yuri McClure DNF-SL, 20-SL, 19-GS, 20-GS; Emmett Say 18-SL, 32-SL, 25-GS, 19-GS; Duncan Fuller 22-SL, DNF-SL, 21-GS, 25-GS; Gavin Shipley 23-SL, 19-SL, DNF-GS, 49-GS; Griffin Curtis 26-SL, 21-SL, 20-GS, 29-GS; Kristian DeWolfe 27-SL, 22-SL, 33-GS, 28-GS; Michael Levy 31-SL, 34-SL, 35-GS, 34-GS; Wyatt Smith 32-SL, 31-SL, 40-GS, 45-GS; Patrick Riedinger 35-SL, 27-SL, 46-GS, 47-GS; Trenor Gould 43-SL, 23-SL, 29-GS, 31-GS; John Blackburn 47-SL, 39-SL, 36-GS, 35-GS.
J3 girls: Samantha Busby 1-SL (9th overall), 2-SL (9th overall), 3-GS (10th overall), 2-GS (13th overall); Alexandra Black 16-SL, 13-SL, 4-GS, 3-GS; Josie Allison 7-SL, 10-SL, 7-GS, 7-GS; Megan Murphy 8-SL, DNF-SL; Madison Milgard 14-SL, 6-SL, 5-GS; Olivia Wentzell 24-SL, 14-SL, 26-GS, 20-GS; Loni Unser 29-SL, 32-SL, 29-GS, 30-GS; Margot Griffith 31-SL, 34-SL, 25-GS, 32-GS; Hallie McPherson 36-SL, 23-SL, 27-GS, 26-GS; Poppy Ellie Vorse 42-SL, 27-SL, 30-GS, 29-GS.