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For the week of April 10 - 16 , 2002


A spring fling on Baldy

Howard Dean Memorial races elites

Express Staff Writer

It was everything an alpine spring series is meant to be.

Sunny blue skies, cool temperatures and a top-flight field were on display during the Howard Dean Memorial Western Region Spring Series on the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain, April 2-7.

Carl Rixon Jr. of Sun Valley had a good spring series, finishing 5th SG plus 7th and 9th GS. Express photo by Willy Cook

A field of 246 racers, including 19 from Sun Valley, competed in super giant slalom, giant slalom and slalom.

Racers from the U.S. Ski Team, including Marco Sullivan, Dane Spencer, Adam Cole, Brett Fischer, Jeff Harrison, Jakob Fiala, T.J. Lanning and Kevin Francis were on hand to lend their points and expertise to the up-and-coming racers.

U.S. national competitors swept the top three spots in every race but the slaloms, which were won by Canadian tech-whiz Martin Tichy.

Also competing were collegiate racers from the University of Utah, University of Nevada and Canadian provincial teams from British Columbia and Alberta.

Lester Keller, Western Region Alpine Director for the U.S. Ski Team said, "The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation really did quite a job. My hat is off to them.

"It was a good quality event and we had great cooperation from the ski area. It was everything a spring series should be."

The local racers seemed to enjoy the competition and camaraderie as well. "It was a good week," Zach Brown said.

Keller said he saw "quite a few good performances" from the younger athletes. He said, "It was a high-quality competition in terms of the venue and the racers we had here."

In last week’s race series, 25-year-old Brett Fischer of Winter Park, Colo. won three races, including both GSs. U.S. teammate Jeff Harrison of White Pass, WA., was first in SG.

Top local results were posted by Carl Rixon Jr. He was 5th in SG and cracked the GS top 10.

Wes Powell and Zach Brown visited the front page. Powell, 7th in slalom, said, "It’s pretty cool to finish that close to them (the U.S.S.T. men)."

Sun Valley’s Tracy Chubb moved up 66 places in slalom to win the Bib-O award for the biggest jump on that day. Jeff Sarchett climbed 65 spots in super G, from 107 to 42.

For the season, silver belt buckles were awarded to the overall champs in each event. Champions were decided by a Continental Cup style in which racers are awarded points for finishing in the top 15 of a race.

Gretchen Glaser, 18, of Mt. Bachelor, Ore. was the women’s overall champ. She raced in the Baldy spring series and won a GS.

Sweden’s Rune Nielson, currently attending Sierra Nevada College of Lake Tahoe, was the men’s winner.

Sun Valley’s Wes Powell finished 9th in the overall standings. Carlo Rixon was 5th in the giant slalom standings and 11th overall. Jessica Hamilton placed 9th in downhill and 10th in super G.

Product and prizes were donated by Christopher and Company, Moss Gardens, Ski Tech, Smith, Carrerra, Formula Sports, Elephant’s Perch, Sturtevants, Coca Cola, Aqua Vie, Desperados, Bob Dog’s Pizza, Perry’s, Smoky Mountain Pizza, Burger Grill, Wrap City, Mark Harbaugh, Paul Kenny’s Ski & Sport, Sun Summit, Silver Creek Outfitters and Ketchum Grill.

Results by race:


Super G, April 2-3

April 2

Men: 1—Brett Fisher (USA) 1:19.17. 11—Carl Rixon Jr. 1:20.91. 24—Wes Powell 1:22.99. 34—Zach Brown 1:24.22. 35—Biche Rudigoz 1:24.25. 43—Jason Eder 1:24.93. 47—Sean Higgins 1:25.20. 58—Robin Sarchett 1:26.27. 63—Jeff Sarchett 1:26.54. 107—Marcus Acker 1:35.37.

Women: 1—Christina Risler (CAN) 1:01.26. 26—Laura Durkheimer 1:07.69. 43—Hailey Duke (BSU) 1:09.29. 52—Charlotte Gourlay 1:10.90. DNF—Jessica Hamilton.

April 3

Men: 1—Jeff Harrison (USA) 1:26.28. 5—Rixon 1:27.23. 15—Powell 1:29.12. 23—Brown 1:30.34. 31—Rudigoz 1:30.99. 42—J. Sarchett 1:32.43. 43—Higgins 1:32.89. 53—Eder 1:33.85. 56—R. Sarchett 1:34.03. 69—Acker 1:35.32.

Women: 1—Keely Kelleher (USA), 1:02.66. 34—Hamilton 1:07.25. 40—Durkheimer 1:07.37. 41—Duke 1:07.40. 61—Gourlay 1:09.86.



GS, April 4-5

April 4

Men: 1—Fisher 2:05.19. 7—Rixon 2:06.72. 17—J. Sarchett 2:08.24. 19—Powell 2:08.31. 25—R. Sarchett 2:08.81. 29—Brown 2:09.76. 39—Sean Higgins 2:11.38. 79—Acker 2:17.90. 84—Slater Storey 2:19.55. 96—Ash Higgins 2:22.81. DNF—Rudigoz.

Women: 1—Glaser 1:40.24. 25—Duke 1:46.92. 38—Durkheimer 1:49.56. 50—Tracy Chubb 1:51.57. 68—Gourlay 1:58.42. DNF—Hamilton.

April 5

Men: 1—Fischer 2:08.61. 9—Rixon 2:12.33. 10—J. Sarchett 2:12.49. 18—Powell 2:14.15. 20—R. Sarchett 2:14.22. 21—Rudigoz 2:14.39. 22—Brown 2:14.58. 42—Eder 2:19.55. 53—Acker 2:21.43. 62—Storey 2:22.90. 73—A. Higgins 2:27.41. DNF—S. Higgins.

Women: 1—Jessica Dakers (CAN), 1:45.93. 19—Durkheimer 1:51.56. 20—Duke 1:51.89. 33—Hamilton 1:54.75. 61—Gourlay 2:03.86. DNF—Chubb, Sage Pressman.



SL, April 6-7

April 6

Men: 1—Martin Tichy (CAN) 1:53.53. 15—J. Sarchett 2:00.78. 16—R. Sarchett 2:01.53. 20—S. Higgins 2:02.95. 31—Eder 2:14.23. 45—Storey 2:21.96. DNF—A. Higgins, Rudigoz, Powell, Rixon, Acker, Brown.

Women: 1—Petra Svet (SLO) 1:45.43. 36—Chubb 2:04.94. 48—Gourlay 2:12.06. 52—Pressman 2:14.37. DNF—Hamilton, Duke, Durkheimer.

April 7

Men: 1—Tichy 1:43.16. 7—Powell 1:47.31. 8—J. Sarchett 1:47.91. 11—Brown 1:48.94. 18—Rixon 1:49.75. 43—Eder 2:00.27. 49—Storey 2:05.04. 50—A. Higgins 2:05.27. DNF—Acker, S. Higgins, R. Sarchett, Rudigoz.

Women: 1—Katie Lyons (USA) 1:48.44. 17—Durkheimer 1:56.66. 19—Chubb 1:57.98. 33—Gourlay 2:05.00. 41—Pressman 2:07.77. DNF—Danielle Maniere, Abby Dubois, Duke.


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