Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ski racers invade Mammoth, Mission Ridge

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine racers KJ Savaria and Kyla Miller podiumed with third places Monday in downhill races of the U.S. Alpine U-18 National Championships staged at Mammoth Mountain, Ca.

Their efforts capped a week that began March 5 with a slalom win by 17-year-old Kipling Weisel of Sun Valley. Savaria clocked the third-best time of 68 starters. Here are Sun Valley’s U-18 placings by race:

- Men: KJ Savaria DNF-SL, 29-GS, 3-DH; Kipling Weisel 1-SL, DNF-GS, 26-DH; Will Harder DNF-SL, DNF-GS, 29-DH; and Parker Scott 27-SL, 33-GS, 39-DH.

- Women: Kyla Miller 28-SL, 12-GS, 3-DH; Mackenzie Bachmeier 20-SL, 8-GS, 13-DH; Linnea Baysinger 22-SL, 24-GS, 6-DH; and Jordan Fitzgerald 36-SL, 22-GS, 20-DH.


Western Region Junior Championships

Mission Ridge near Wenatchee, Wash., was the setting for the six-day Les Schwab Western Region Junior Championships. SVSEF racers competed in two super giant slaloms, two giant slaloms and two slaloms from March 5-10.

About 280 ski racers were in Wenatchee to compete in two classifications—U-18 (ages 16-17) and U-21 (18-20). They were competing for spots in the U.S. National Championships.

Highlights: Former SVSEF racer Miles Sweek, 20, of Hailey and the Mission Ridge Ski Team tied for second place of 118 starters in the March 6 men’s SG; U-21 Ali Gunesch placed fourth in her class in the March 6 women’s SG; and U-21 Sofi Leroux placed 3-4 in her class in March 9-10 women’s slaloms.

SVSEF placings by class, race and day:

- U-21 women: Sofi Leroux 12-SG, 13-SG, 8-GS (11th overall), 7-GS (9th overall), 3-SL (6th overall), 4-SL (7th overall); Amanda Stelling 7-SG (10th overall), 7-SG, 11-GS, DQ-SL, 11-SL; Ali Gunesch 8-SG, 4-SG (5th overall), 14-GS, 11-GS, 11-SL, 14-SL; and Taylor Gilliam 15-SG, 17-SG, 18-GS, 20-GS, 12-SL, 17-SL.

- U-18 women: Jenna Lou Jansky 25-SG, 18-SG, 22-GS, 22-GS, 30-SL, 35-SL.

- U-18 men: Marc Leroux 9-SG, 4-SG (12th overall), 10-SL, DNF-SL, 10-GS, DNF-GS; Ben Kanellitsas 11-SG, 9-SG, DNF-SL, 15-SL, DNF-GS, 14-GS; Tanner Josey 27-SG, 35-SG, 22-SL, DNF-SL, 25-GS, 23-GS; Payton Anderson 47-SG, 62-SG, DNF-SL, 31-SL, 56-GS, DNF-GS; and Logan Shipley DNF-SG, 50-SG, 38-SL, 29-SL, 27-GS, DNF-GS.



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