Prep Alpine skiing: Lakers’ Kelsey Wittels wins giant slalom state title, ties for overall
North Tahoe junior Kelsey Wittels won the individual giant slalom title while Truckee’s girls finished runner-up to Reno in the two-day NIAA State Skiing Championships this past weekend at Mt. Rose.
Reno won the overall with 856 points to the Truckee girls’ 849 between the two races, which included a slalom on Saturday and a giant slalom on Sunday. South Tahoe’s girls were third overall with 829 points.
The North Tahoe and Truckee boys, as well as the North Tahoe girls, did not finish among the top two teams in the Tahoe Basin Ski League, and thus did not qualify to compete in the state championships.
Representing the Lakers individually, however, Wittels raced to a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s slalom, posting a time of 75.73 seconds between the two runs to Incline sophomore Grace Dolan’s winning mark of 69.9. Wittels then captured the win in Sunday’s GS in near-whiteout conditions, completing the one run in 30.98 seconds while Nicole DeAngeli of Reno finished runner-up in 31.17.
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Wittels finished in a four-way tie with Dolan, DeAngeli and Jessie Eiting of Reed for the girls’ overall title, with 197 points between the two days of racing.
and#8220;She always does well,and#8221; North Tahoe head coach Scott Everist said of Wittels. and#8220;She’s always one of our top kids, for sure. I knew she’d be near the top somewhere, but for her to win (the GS) was exciting. She did a terrific job.and#8221;
In the slalom, Truckee’s girls placed four skiers in the top 20. Hanna Casares finished eighth with a time of 78.53, Whitney Reed was 11th in 80.71, Danielle Smallman 15th (83.21) and Ali Gerrard 19th (86.11).
The next day Gerrard took eighth for the Wolverines with a time of 32.72, Reed was 12th with a time of 34.17, Casares 13th (34.71), Smallman 16th (35.08) and Karlie Mohun 25th (37.42).
and#8220;The girls skied as hard as they could,and#8221; said Paul Smith, Truckee’s co-head coach.
On the boys’ side of the competition, Simon Nickles of Whittell won the slalom and GS to take the overall, while North Tahoe freshman Nico Monforte finished fourth on both days to earn a fourth-place finish overall.
Monforte posted a time of 65.29 in the slalom to Nickles’ winning time of 63.13; Monforte finished the GS run in 32.23, while Nickles won in 31.79.
Truckee’s boys qualified several skiers to compete individually in both races.
In the slalom, Truckee’s Nico Kuyper finished 11th with a time of 70.92, Zach Bush was 13th in 71.16 and Brandon Craddock 17th (72.26). Ryan Faye of North Tahoe finished 20th (73.4).
Truckee’s Trevor Smith placed ninth in the GS with at time of 33.32, Tyler Delumyea was 10th (33.74) and Kuyper 11th (33.75).
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