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Diamond Peak U14 skiers strong in parallel race

Payton Norton of the Diamond Peak Ski Team races in a Far West event in spring-like conditions at Alpine Meadows.
Courtesy Andy Wolf |

Spring-like conditions under blue skies made for a perfect race weekend at Alpine Meadows. The Diamond Peak U14 Far West skiers once again had strong showings in their second race of the season.

Saturday brought warm temperatures, and 70 girls racing from all over the Tahoe Basin. Magnolia Neu from Alpine Meadows took home the fastest time of the day with a combined 1:12.18.  

Just three-tenths of a second behind, Diamond Peak’s Belle Johnson took second place, and AJ Hurt from Squaw Valley took third. Diamond Peak’s Emily White finished 22nd, Julia Capaldi 30th, Megan Smallhouse 60th, Kaci Meyer 64th and Katherine Johnson 68th.

The Diamond Peak boys had a strong showing on Saturday as well, with two top-10 finishes.

Payton Norton took fifth and Noah Cleary sixth. Nick Fischer was 20th, Matthew Smallhouse 25th, Brent Wolf 34th and Marek Hlubucek 51st. Conner Funke finished 74th and Kobe Robinson 77th.

With 76 girls racing on Sunday, Johnson took home third place, just two-tenths of a second behind Neu, who finished second. Hurt won the race with a ripping combined time of 1:13.72.

White finished strong in 24th place, Johnson was 38th, Capaldi 52nd, Katie Fischer 61st and Smallhouse rounded it out with a 71st-place finish for Diamond Peak.

For the boys, Sunday brought another two racers from Diamond Peak with top-15 finishes.

Norton had a tremendous day with a fourth-place finish, as did Nick Fisher with a 12th-place finish. Wolfe finished 22nd, Matthew Smallhouse 24th, Hlubucek 40th, Funke 63rd, Lucas Kassity 64th, and Robinson 73rd.

The next races for U14 Far West skiers are scheduled for Feb. 8-9 at Squaw Valley. See http://www.live-timing.com for results.

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