Friday, December 21, 2012

SVSEF racers tackle Payday’s tech tasks

Eric Hays Memorial wraps at Park City

Courtesy photo by Heather Black, Heather Black Photography. Samantha Busby pushes through an Eric Hays Memorial giant slalom gate on Payday Run at Park City Mountain Resort this week. She placed third overall in each GS.

A terrific first week of early-season alpine skiing for 27 Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation racers wrapped up Thursday with the final slaloms of the Eric Hays Memorial Open Series technical races at Park City (Utah) Mountain Resort.

Younger SVSEF skiers in U-16 (ages 14-15) and U-14 (12-13) classes met the challenges of Payday Run—Samantha Busby and Haley Cutler leading the Sun Valley U-16 girls among the 58 women in the four-day series. There were 83 men.

Winning the U-16 class, the 15-year-old Busby started off the series Monday with a third-place finish in giant slalom, 1.59 seconds back.

She pulled closer to University of Utah double GS winner Jaime DuPratt on Tuesday with another third-place GS result, just .78 seconds behind the 22-year-old DuPratt this time. Busby clocked the second-fastest second run Tuesday.

In Wednesday’s women’s slalom, 15-year-old Cutler just missed the U-16 podium in fourth place, good for seventh overall out of 46 two-run finishers. Cutler also placed fourth in the U-16s and sixth overall in Tuesday’s GS.

Up in Canada at Panorama Mountain Resort in British Columbia, two older SVSEF racers competed in Wednesday’s Van Houtte Cup giant slalom. Kipling Weisel placed 9th of 44 in the U-18 (ages 16-17) class and 47th overall of 79 finishers. KJ Savaria was 11th of the U-18 racers (53rd overall).

Here are Tuesday’s GS and Wednesday’s SL class placings for SVSEF finishers. Check Wednesday’s Express for results from Thursday’s slalom:

( U-16 boys: Jay Fitzgerald DNF-GS and 13-SL; Stockton Troyer 5-GS (7th overall) and 6-SL; Will Snyder 26-GS and 7-SL (22nd overall); Taylor Cooper 6-GS (9th overall) and 9-SL; Austin Savaria 13-GS and 30-SL; Yuri McClure 19-GS and 21-SL; Duncan Fuller 23-GS and 20-SL; Trenor Gould 22-GS and 15-SL; Griffin Curtis 15-GS and 17-SL; Emmett Say 31-GS and 23-SL; John Blackburn 36-GS and 34-SL; Wyatt Smith 35-GS and 32-SL; Tanner Riedel 21-GS and 19-SL; Patrick Riedinger DNF-GS and 36-SL; Travis Flynt 43-GS and 37-SL; and Gavin Shipley DNF-SL.

( U-16 girls: Samantha Busby 2-GS (3rd overall) and 9-SL (13th overall); Haley Cutler 4-GS (6th overall) and 4-SL (7th overall); Josie Allison DNF-GS and 21-SL; Madison Milgard 21-GS and 19-SL; Alexandra Black 26-GS and 26-SL; Olivia Wentzell 18-SL; Poppy Ellie Vorse 28-GS and DSQ-SL; Royce Rheinschild 27-GS and 24-SL; and Grace Palmer 36-GS and 34-SL.

( U-14 boys: Noah Leininger 3-GS and 6-SL; and Cooper Dart 5-GS and 5-SL.

( U-14 girls: Katelyn Rathfon 1-GS (13th overall) and 2-SL (28th).


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