Far West skiers race through Sugar Bowl for season opener
Far West U14 skiers kicked off the season with a slalom race held in firm conditions at Sugar Bowl this past weekend.
Payton Norton of the Diamond Peak Ski Team claimed victory in the boys race on Saturday by posting a two-run combined time of 1:28.18.
He was followed by Cameron Smith of the Squaw Valley Ski Team, who finished with a time of 1:30.69, and Charlie Regelbrugge of Mammoth, who finished in 1:31.03.
Isaac Mozen of Squaw Valley was seventh, and Ben Eisenstat of Sugar Bowl was 10th.
In the girls race, Belle Johnson gave Diamond Peak skiers a sweep of the top finishes on the day as she handily won with a combined time of 1:32.57. Mack Carkeet of Mammoth was runner-up in 1:37.99 and Sengen Meyer of Squaw Valley was third in 1:40.21.
Sarah Hudson led the Sugar Bowl Ski Team with a fourth-place finish, while Gianna Taylor of Alpine Meadows was fifth, Zazie Huml of Northstar was sixth, and Sugar Bowl skiers Anna Yamauchi, Monique Fellows and Elizabeth Scott were eighth through 10th, respectively.
The young skiers faced the same hard-pack conditions for Day 2 on Sunday.
Sugar Bowl Ski Team member Dashiell Prince-Judd represented his home mountain with a victory in the boys race, setting the bar with a two-run combined time of 1:26.78. Regelbruggge was second in 1:28.84 and Mozen rounded out the top three in 1:29.21.
Diamond Peak’s Nick Fischer and Noah Cleary finished seventh and eighth, respectively, and Squaw Valley’s Cole Matteson was ninth and Smith 10th.
AJ Hurt from the Squaw Valley Ski Team captured the win in the girls race Sunday, recording a time of 1:25.45. Johnson was second in 1:27.81 and Meyer third in 1:33.19.
Alpine Meadows skier Magnolia Neu placed fourth and Yamauchi fifth, followed by Squaw Valley’s Jillian Ferre in sixth, Andie Gillings seventh and G.G. Wattenmaker eighth. Taylor was ninth and Nicole Guzhavin of Squaw Valley 10th.
A total of 166 skiers raced on the weekend.
The next races for Far West U14 racers are two giant slaloms at Squaw Valley on Jan. 25 and 26. See live-timing.com for results.
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