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Droege grabs combined title at nationals

Masters in Winter Park

Intermountain Division racer Anna Droege of Sun Valley captured the combined championship of the women’s 60-64 age class during the U.S.S.A. Alpine Masters National Championships March 30-April 7.

Droege won the Class 8 gold medals in super giant slalom and giant slalom at Winter Park, Colo., and added the silver medal in slalom.

Other Intermountain Division racers winning combined golds in were Glenn McConkey (55-59), Chris Katzenberger (35-39), Maca Leontic (21-29), Stan Beach (65-69), Bill Skinner (45-49) and Shawn Ackerman (40-44).

Combined silver medalists from Intermountain were Carl Fullman (65-69) and Virginia Reed (70-74). Winning the combined bronze were Marvin Melville (65-69), Ned Dolan (60-64), Keith McCauley (55-59) and Chris Peterson (35-39).

Other combined class placings of local interest: 4—John Droege (75-79), Bob Dreyer (50-54) and Kim Verde (50-54). 6—Craig Norton (21-29). 7—Bob Sarchett (55-59). 8—Cliff Cunha (45-49), Drury Cooper (70-74) and Nancy Auseklis (60-64). 16—Jackson Allred (50-54).

A number of locals earned national championship medals for placing in the top three of their classes in individual races:

Gold—Virginia Reed (SG); Anna Droege (SG/GS); and Nancy Auseklis (SL). Silver—Virginia Reed (SL/ GS); Anna Droege (SL); Carl Fullman (SG/GS); Marvin Melville (SL); and Bob Dreyer (SG).

Bronze—Nancy Auseklis (SG); John Droege (SL); Marvin Melville (SG/GS); Ned Dolan (GS); Bob Dreyer (GS); and Chris Peterson (SG).

A total 279 racers from across the country competed in the weeklong event. Winning the Divisions Cup combined title among seven regional teams was Pacific Northwest. Three-time defending champion Intermountain finished third.

Run separately from the national triple combined on April 2 at Winter Park was the National Championship Downhill as part of the Molecule F National Speed Series.

Winning their class golds in DH were Bob Dreyer, Nancy Auseklis, Glenn McConkey, Linda Wagner, Marvin Melville and overall men’s winner Richard Slabinski.


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