Johnson awarded McKinney Cup at U14 Far West Championships
Diamond Peak Ski Team athletes enjoyed four great days of racing at the U14 Far West Championships at Mammoth Mountain this past week.
With fresh snow and conditions that felt more like January than late March, the champs opened with a slalom course on Andy’s Double Gold that had the young racers gasping for air at the finish.
The star of the day was Belle Johnson, who posted the fastest time, beating all of the boys and girls and winning the race by 4 seconds. Zazie Huml from Northstar came in second, while Magnolia Neu from Alpine Meadows took third.
Diamond Peak’s Emily White finished 15th to secure a trophy, and teammate Katie Fischer finished 56th out of 77 girls who raced.
On the boys side, Diamond Peak’s Matthew Smallhouse landed in 11th place, with teammate Nick Fischer right behind him in 13th. Brent Wolf of Diamond Peak also finished 18th out of 82 competitors.
The second day of racing brought the sun out and with it a beautiful GS course on Fascination. Johnson brought in the top result for the Diamond Peak girls with a second place. Alice Robinson from Sugar Bowl won the race, and Eva Yguico from Mammoth took third. Fischer finished 66th out of 80 girls.
On the boys side, Noah Cleary from Diamond Peak finished seventh. Smallhouse and Wolf finished 18th and 24th, respectively. Diamond Peak’s Marek Hlubucek finished 42nd out of 84 racers.
Unfortunately, 90 mph winds shut down the lifts and cancelled the super G race on the third day.
The fourth and last day of champs brought in almost a foot of snow, but the Mammoth race department rallied to pull off the parallel slalom. Once again, Johnson landed on the podium, this time with a bronze. Mack Carkeet from Mammoth took gold, and Yguico from Mammoth earned silver. Whitefinished 20th, and Fischer was 59th out of 72 competitors.
For the boys, Cleary placed ninth, teammates Fischer and Wolf finished 17th and 18th, respectively, Smallhouse was 30th and Hlubucek a 41st out of 71 racers.
The U14 Championship winners were recognized at the end of the races. Belle Johnson, the overall winner for the girls, was awarded the McKinney Cup, honoring Squaw Valley Olympian Tamara McKinney.
Heavenly’s Seth Tyler Olivieri was the overall winner for the boys and received the Rahlves Cup, honoring Sugar Bowl Olympian Daron Rahlves.