Far West skiing heating up in Tahoe

Staff report

Far West U14 ski racers enjoyed blue-bird skies and spring-like conditions for their second races of the season at Alpine Meadows this past Saturday and Sunday.

On the first day of racing, Magnolia Neu captured the win in the girls slalom race with a combined time of 1:12.18 between her two runs. Belle Johnson finished runner-up in 1:12.59, and AJ Hurt was third in 1:13.05. They were trailed by Andie Gillings and Olivia Omar.

Dashiell Prince-Judd, meanwhile, raced to victory in the boys race, posting a time of 1:09.81 to second-place Erik Eisen’s 1:10.48. Seth Tyler Olivieri was third in 1:11.10 and was followed by James Gooch and Payton Norton.

Prince-Judd backed up his Saturday performance with another first-place finish on Sunday in a time of 1:11.63. Eisen was second in 1:12.13 and Olivieri third in 1:13.23. Norton was fourth and Ethan Maiden fifth.

Hurt improved on her third-place finish Saturday by taking the win on Sunday with a time of 1:13.72. Neu finished second in 1:14.30 and Johnson rounded out the top three in 1:14.52. They were followed by Anna Yamauchi and Gillings.

U16 racers compete at Sugar Bowl

Sugar Bowl hosted a pair of Far West U16 slalom races the previous weekend.

Squaw Valley skiers Tenaya Standteiner and Julia Cashell finished 1-2 in the opening girls race on Saturday, recording times of 1:48.12 and 1:48.59, respectively. Perry Schaffner was third in 1:49.23, followed by Perry Schaffner and Keely Cashman.

In boys racing, Andri Arnason took first with a time of 1:35.19, while Marc Talbott was second in 1:35.25 and Viking Roald third in 1:35.45. Riley Plant was fourth and Erik Arvidsson fifth.

Plant won the next day’s race in a time of 1:35.90. Arvidsson was second in 1:36.44 and Finlay Neeson third in 1:36.50, followed by Talbott and Garret Driller.

In girls racing, Emile Lamoureux won Sunday’s race with a time of 1:49.26. Sierra Ryder was second in 1:51.36 and Stina Sollander third in 1:51.44. Schaffner was fourth and Cashman fifth.

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