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Tahoe alpine racers hit Val di Fassa for junior world championships

AJ Hurt

Some of the area's top up-and-coming skiers have been competing this past week at the International Ski Federation Junior World Ski Championships at Val di Fassa in Italy.

North Tahoe local and Squaw Valley Ski Team athlete AJ Hurt led the American women at the first event of the junior championships, taking seventh place in giant slalom on Tuesday with a combined time of 1 minute, 56.79 seconds. Hurt was 1.80 seconds off the winning time of New Zealand's Alice Robinson.

Squaw Valley Ski Team product, Keely Cashman, was 28th in the event. Squaw's Alix Peterson was also racing but didn't finish her second run.

Racing continued the following day with slalom and Cashman led local efforts with a 23rd place finish. Hurt wasn't able to finish her first run on the course. Slovakia's Meta Hrovat captured the slalom title with a combined time of 1:47.70.

Women's racing at the junior world championships will continue on Friday with super-G.

President's Cup at ASC

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The Tahoe Mountain Sports President's Cup was held at Auburn Ski Club this past weekend.

Dozens of cross-country skiers faced blustery winds and cold temperatures, competing across distances from 1 kilometer up to 15 kilometers.

Local athlete Patrick Johnson, 29, picked up the win in the 15k race, topping the field of 38 skiers by 1:26.8 with a first-place time of 43:17.5.

Another skier with a trophy case full from competing locally, Tav Streit, 43, was second with a time of 44:44.3. Wyatt Fereday, 30, was third with a time of 45:42.4.

A pair of high school skiers, Cooper Anderson, of North Tahoe, and Steffen Cuneo, of Truckee, crossed the line in fourth and fifth respectively.

On the women's side North Tahoe's Sofia Sanchez took the victory with a time of 49:03.1, which was good enough for seventh overall. Beth Thomas, 51, was second on the women's side with a time of 58:11.6. Karen Ropers, 57, was third with a time of 59.39.3.

In shorter distances, Matt Seline, 14, of Truckee, took first place in the 7.5k distance, finishing with a time of 24:53.4 to edge out North Tahoe's Phoenix Sanchez, 15, who crossed the finish line 0.8 behind Seline. North Tahoe's Cooper Honeywell, 15, was third with a time of 24:57.7.

Lily Murnane, 15, of North Tahoe, took first place in the girls' race, crossing the finish line with a time of 26:09.8. Samantha Swan, 17, was third with a time of 28:39.3, followed by Mera Schoonmaker, 16, in fourth place with a time of 30:17.7.

In youth racing, Pascal Wettermark, 13, won the 2.5k boys' race. Keira Scott, 12, won the girls' race. Kenzo Wettermark, 6, won the 1k distance on the boys' side, and Zayla Reynaud, 6, won the girls' race.

Far West Nordic racing is scheduled to continue this Sunday with the Alpenglow 20k Freestyle at the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.