Kinder Kup champions Herhusky, Kelly crowned
Kate Kelly and Ryan Herhusky secured the overall girlsand#8217; and boysand#8217; series wins as nearly 75 kids took part in the final Kinder Kup race of the season on March 21 at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
The giant slalom was one of three races as part of the Kinder Kup Race Series for children ages 6 and younger on Heavenlyand#8217;s World Cup run. Results from the finale were used to determine the overall series winners, as the youngsters earned points based on top-15 results.
And it all came down to Sundayand#8217;s races to determine the overall champions.
Kelly won both runs on Sunday to win the girlsand#8217; division with a combined time of 47.50 seconds, with Kelly Critz taking second (48.18) and Zoe Huml third (52.07). Both Kelly and Critz had faster times than the entire field, including the boys.
Sundayand#8217;s GS broke the tie between Kelly and Critz for the overall series title. Each of them produced first- and second-place results in the previous two races. Kellyand#8217;s top finish secured her first overall, earning 70 points to take the Kinder Kup Queen title. Critz was second overall with 65 points and Zoe Huml captured third overall (45 points).
In the boysand#8217; competition, Ethan Kulchin and Aidan Rippet were sitting in second and third overall with 36 and 32 points, respectively. That put them within range of Herhusky, the series leader, who had 45 points.
Some new faces, however, broke up the top three by making it on the podium. Aidan Pretti, who previously had sixth- and third-place results, won both runs for the boys with a combined time of 49.30 seconds, and newcomer Nico Palamanis, who was runner-up at 49.92.
Prettiand#8217;s win propelled him into second place overall with 50 points. However, Herhuskyand#8217;s third-place finish (50.29) solidified the overall title, accumulating a total of 60 points and the title of Kinder Kup champion.
Other results from Sundayand#8217;s girls race were Wynter Probert in fourth place, Whitney Wingard fifth, Zoe Carter sixth, Jada Moore seventh, Mary Davis eighth, Karli Anderson ninth, Jourdan Corker 10th, Anastasia Lubarsky 11th, Macy Cannon 12th, Riley McHenry 13th, Cassie Blevins 14th, Annie Ferguson 15th, Riley Sullivan 16th, Madeline Yohnka 17th, Emma Habaradas 18th, Gigi Blevins 19th, Anna Wingard 20th, Krysta Budnik 21st, Olivia Craig 22nd, Francesca Ritcher 23rd, Allana Jones 24th, Kendall Wilson 25th, and Avi Rippet 26th. Paloma Akiwenzie also participated.
Finishing behind by fourth-place Kulchin in the boysand#8217; race were Aidan Rippet, Otto Albrecht, Jack Laurie, Bowman Wingard, Evan Midler, Andrew Donahue, Zack Staudenmayer, Garbriel Turner, Jack Forvilly, Ethan Bindel, Owen Parks, Jude Stackpole, Jack Morrison, Luke Laub, Hayden Cannon, Sonny Kesler, Jack Turk, Timin Jain, Mattais Skulsky, Tadi Wright, Vincent Piccinonno, Patrick Webster, Luke Huml, Tommy Yarbrough, Davis Parker, Bruce Thiel, Forest James, Jack Stackpole, Grant Souza, Deekon Trim, Charlie Ritcher, Devin Martineau, Reed Norton, Henry Craig, Andrew Craig and Sam Stafford. Tait Nicholas, Jack Johnson, Anthony Enrico, and Jonathan Yarbrough participated as well.