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Cook is top Truckee J3 finisher at Junior Olympics

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At the Western Rolex J3 Olympics at Bogus Basin, Idaho, last week, Truckee skier Stacey Cook came away with a third-place finish, while others returned with impressive times.

With 120 points, Cook was third in a field of 37 other junior racers.

Cook races for Northstar and the Tahoe-Truckee High School alpine ski team.

Alpine Meadows’ Heather Allan finished in 17th place, while Alpine’s Tiana Jones was 21st.

Slalom

In the men’s slalom, Truckee competitors included Derek Phebus (Alpine), Timothy Jitloff (Alpine) and Joseph Auckenthaler (Sugar Bowl).

Squaw’s Julia Mancuso took the top spot in the women’s giant slalom (1:34.74 combined runs), while Cook finished fifth with a 1:37.67 combined time.

Jones placed 22nd, Allan 36th in the field of nearly 70 skiers.

Kendra Windham fell while warming up and could not race.

In the men’s GS, Phebus combined runs for 1:35.61, good enough for 21st place, while Jitloff followed in 30th with 1:37.62.

Auckenthaler was 61st with Kyle Krawczyk of Sugar Bowl was 62nd.

In the women’s super G, Cook turned in a 1:21.83 race time for seventh place; Windham was 22nd, Jones 28th and Allan 30th.

Julia Mancuso also competed in the SG.

In the men’s super G, Heavenly’s Cory Harris was seventh, while Chris McKean of Heavenly and Eric Mann of Mammoth were 11th and 12th, respectively.

Truckee’s Phebus finished 23rd in 1:20.10 with 61.92 race points.

Northstar’s Phillip Hayman was 29th, while Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Christopher Little finished 40th; Jitloff took 50th place with a 1:22.69 run and Mt. Rose’s Dane Viel was 54th.

Northstar’s Cameron Mauritson was 69th.

In 75th place was Auckenthaler with a 1:25.72 run.

In the women’s slalom, Mancuso finished first overall, setting the pace at 38.09 on the first run and 38.27 on the second for a combined 1:16.36.

Cook followed behind her with a 42.08 first run and a 42.27 second run for a combined 1:24.35 and fifth place.

Squaw’s Katharine Hitchcock took 11th place.

With a 44.98 first run and 45.01 second, Allan finished in 18th; Sugar Bowl’s Ruth Gibbs was 26th.

Jones came in 33rd with a 45.61 first and 49.40 second run for a total 1:35.01 and 141.66 race points.

Windham turned in a first run time of 51.81 and a second of 56.67 for 1:48.48 and 49th place.

The team was coached by Gary Steffensen of Northstar, Jim Hudson of Squaw, Greg Jones of Alpine Meadows, Noel Dufty of Heavenly and Mike Savitch of Mt. Rose.


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