Truckee’s Hansford, North Tahoe’s Rantz win alpine opener

In this 2020 file photo, Truckee freshman Amber Hansford races to a first-place finish at Alpine Meadows during the NIAA state championships.
Provided/Harry Lefrak/Lefrak Photography
Boys’ top-five times
  1. Jackson Rantz            North Tahoe  1:04.42
  2. Luca Peterson            Truckee          1:04.64
  3. Tyler Rantz    North Tahoe  1:04.70
  4. Cole Sanford  North Tahoe  1:05.44
  5. Mac Mercer    North Tahoe  1:05.68
  Girls’ top-five times
  1. Amber Hansford       Truckee 1:03.60
  2. Samantha Milne        North Tahoe  1:04.13
  3. Autumn Ellingford    South Tahoe  1:04.40
  4. Tyne Beckwith           Truckee          1:05.20
  5. Regan Clute   North Tahoe  1:05.48

ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif. — The high school alpine race season got underway Thursday at Alpine Meadows and defending giant slalom state champion Amber Hansford showed she’s still the fastest in the discipline.

The Truckee senior posted the fastest first run of the day and second fastest final run to finish in first place with a combined time of 1 minute, 3.60 seconds. Hansford is also the defending combined state champion.

North Tahoe’s Samantha Milne posted the fastest second run of the day to finish in second place with a time of 1:04.13. South Tahoe’s Autumn Ellingford took third with a combined time of 1:04.40. Truckee’s Tyne Beckwith took fourth place with a combined time of 1:05.20 and North Tahoe’s Regan Clute was fifth with a combined time of 1:05.48.

On the boys’ side, North Tahoe’s Jackson Rantz took first place in the season opener, edging Truckee’s Luca Peterson by 0.22. Rantz had the fastest second run of the day and finished with a combined time of 1:04.42. Peterson posted the fastest first run.

North Tahoe skiers went on to post the next three fastest times to finish with four athletes in the top five. Tyler Rantz was third place with a combined time of 1:04.70, Cole Sanford was fourth with a total time of 1:05.44, and Mac Mercer was fifth with a combined time of 1:05.68.

The next alpine race will be slalom and will take place Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

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