Gur, Ritchie crowned Kinder Kup king, queen
This past Sundayand#8217;s forecasted snow showers ended just in time for the first race run of the Kinder Kup season finale at Heavenly. The sun came out and kids showed up wearing a variety of race suits, with some even donning super hero capes.
and#8220;We love watching these little kids; what comes out of their mouths and what they wear and#8230; one boy was dressed in cowboy chaps and wearing a dinosaur helmet cover and#8230; theyand#8217;re pretty cute,and#8221; said Kinder Kup organizer Raquel Norton.
Close to 60 competitors disregarded the gloomy forecast and showed up to compete in the third race as part of the annual Kinder Kup Race Series.
The girlsand#8217; results went as expected, with Brenna Ritchie leading with the two fastest times of the day, giving her a combined time of 49.34 seconds to take her third win of the season. Carly Hamilton again placed second (51.26) as she did in all three races. Both Ritchie and Hamilton secured their first and second places in the Overall Series standings with Sundayand#8217;s results and#8212; Ritchie earning a perfect 75 points and Hamilton 60 points.
Jade Chapman took third with a combined time of 52.76 and was followed by Lauren Sandberg in fourth (53.84) and Jasper Johnson in fifth (53.92). Sandberg, having earned two, third-place finishes and a fourth this season, earned enough points to secure third in the Overall with 42 points.
But thatand#8217;s not how it went for the boys. Each race saw new leaders as they put on the pressure and nipped at the heels of their competitors. David Morken, who won the first run, ended up second with a combined time of 51.90. He was edged out of first place by Jared Gur, who posted the fastest second run time to secure the win with a combined time of 51.07 seconds. Aidan Sweeny placed third (53.96), Evan Mueller fourth (54.51) and Daniel Galis fifth (55.22).
Gur, however, did not learn of the significance of his second run until the awards ceremony. Apparently, there was a tie for the Overall Champion. Each having placed first, second and fifth in all three races, both Gur and Morken earned 56 points. The tie was broken with Sundayand#8217;s results. Gur, who won Sundayand#8217;s race, secured his Kinder Kup Champion title with his fast second run. Ties are broken based on the last Kinder Kup results. Morken, who gave a great performance, earned second in the Overall while Mueller, who earned a first and two fourths (49 points), was third.
Other results included, on the girlsand#8217; side, Lili Honey sixth, Riley McHenry seventh, Freya Hammerlein eighth, Erin Yamoka ninth, Anna Gornyitski 10th, Autumn Ellingford 11th, Danica Pinto 12th, Hannah Selander 13th, Avi Rippet 14th, Katie McMullen 15th, Katherine Finnoff 16th, Maya Burkett 17th, Sophie Hansel 18th, Lincoln Praul 19th, Lilly Gerken 20th, Ansley McHenry 21st, Kylie Scott 22nd, Mila Rich 23rd, and Brianna Sciuto 24th.
On the boysand#8217; side, Hayden Cannon placed sixth, Parker Davis seventh, Reed Norton eighth, Charles Baker ninth, Forrest Jones 10th, Kaleb Query 11th, Sawyer Johnson 12th, Prince Iliano 13th, Harrison Knutson 14th, Joel Gomez 15th, Dane Tuzar 16th, Spenser Jones 17th, Parker Bryant 18th, Ridge Gerken 19th, Gabriel Galis 20th, Payton King 21st, Samuel Stafford 22nd, Zackary Tuzar 23rd, Evan Habaradas 24th, Isaac Odle 25th, Scott Yamaoka 26th, Kai McClain 27th, Simon Stafford 28th, Atticus Knutson 29th, and Jameson Drum 30th.
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