Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Race season winds down for SVSEF alpine

Events in Utah, California

Charging down Snowbirdís Wilbere Ridge Race Hill in Saturdayís Snow Cup Last Chance menís slalom is Sun Valleyís Will Snyder, who placed 10th overall of 105 starters and fourth in the U-16 menís class. Courtesy photo by Heather Black, Heather Black Photography

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine racers wound down from a productive International Ski Federation (FIS) season during recent events in Mammoth Mountain, Ca. and at Utah’s Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

Eight SVSEF U-18 (ages 16-17) racers took part in the FIS Speed Series of downhill and super giant slalom races April 5-8 at Mammoth.

Kipling Weisel led the way for the boys with a series of consistent finishes topped by U-18 class wins in Friday and Saturday’s downhills. Not far behind was KJ Savaria with a pair of downhill podiums.

There were 74 men and 26 in the Mammoth races. Sun Valley’s Linnea Baysinger climbed the U-18 podium twice with second- and third-place SG results. Kyla Miller just missed a U-18 podium at fourth in DH.

Down at Snowbird April 6-8 for the three Snow Cup Last Chance slalom events were 30 SVSEF racers, mostly in the U-16 and U-14 classes, out of the field of 105 men and 85 women.

Haley Cutler, 11th in giant slalom and 13th slalom at the U-16 National Championships April 3-4 at Park City, Utah, continued her hot skiing with a U-16 class victory good for fourth place overall of 53 two-run finishers in Saturday’s slalom opener at Park City.

Taylor Cooper podiumed twice with second-place U-16 men’s results in the weekend slaloms, and with a third place in Monday’s slalom finale.

Will Snyder and Austin Savaria climbed the stairs with third-place U-16 results on Wilbere Ridge Race Hill. SVSEF placings by race and age class for the recent events:

FIS Speed Series

- U-18 women: Linnea Baysinger 6-DH (11th overall), 10-DH (10th overall), 2-SG (6th overall), 3-SG (7th overall); and Kyla Miller 5-DH (8th overall), 4-DH (7th overall), 6-SG (10th overall), 5-SG (9th overall).

- U-18 men:.Kipling Weisel 1-DH (16th overall), 1-DH (14th overall), 3-SG, 5-SG; KJ Savaria 3-DH (20th overall), 2-DH (16th overall), 4-SG, 12-SG; Ben Kanellitsas 13-DH (36th overall), 18-DH, DNF-SGs; Tanner Josey 15-DH (42nd overall), 17-DH, 18-SG, 14-SG; William Harder DNF-DH, 11-DH (38th overall), 11-SG (37th overall), 13-SG; and Payton Anderson 24-DH, 21-SG, 21-SG.

Last Chance slaloms

- U-21 women: Taylor Gilliam DQ-SL, 3-SL, DNF-SL.

( U-16 girls: Haley Cutler 1-SL (4th overall), 6-SL (12th overall); Samantha Busby 3-SL (7th overall), 4-SL (8th overall); Olivia Wentzell 8-SL (13th overall), 14-SL, 11-SL; Margot Griffith 9-SL (14th overall), 10-SL, 15-SL; Alexandra Black 19-SL, 17-SL, DQ-SL; Grace Palmer 22-SL, 26-SL, DNF-SL; Carolina Mahedy DNF-SL, 29-SL, DNF-SL; and Josie Allison DNF-SL, DNF-SL, 12-SL.

- U-16 boys: Taylor Cooper 2-SL (7th overall), 2-SL (12th overall), 3-SL (9th overall); Austin Savaria 3-SL (9th overall), 4-SL (15th overall), DNF-SL; Will Snyder 4-SL (10th overall), 3-SL (13th overall), 7-SL; Yuri McClure 11-SL, 12-SL, 24-SL; Griffin Curtis 13-SL, 17-SL; Jay Fitzgerald DNF-SL, 8-SL, DNF-SL; Emmett Say 15-SL, 10-SL, 9-SL; Wyatt Smith 26-SL, 26-SL, 20-SL; Gavin Shipley DQ-SL, 20-SL, DNF-SL; John Blackburn 28-SL, 22-SL, DNF-SL; Patrick Riedinger DNF-SL, 24-SL, DNF-SL; Stockton Troyer DNF-SL, DNF-SL, DNF-SL; Trenor Gould DNF-SL, DNF-SL, 11-SL; and Tanner Riedel DQ-SL, DNF-SL, 5-SL (14th overall).

- U-14 girls: Katelyn Rathfon 2-SL (16th overall), DNF-SL, DNF-SL; Sage Rheinschild DQ-SL, 5-SL, DQ-SL; Riley Revallier 14-SL, 14-SL, 9-SL; Bailey Holter DQ-SL, 20-SL, 14-SL; and Libby Lindstrom DNF-SL, 24-SL, 15-SL.

- U-14 boys: Noah Leininger 12-SL, 10-SL, DNF-SL; and Cooper Dart 18-SL, DNF-SL, 8-SL.

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