Sierra College Ski Team headed to Nationals |

Sierra College Ski Team headed to Nationals

Provided to the SunSierra College skier Dan Alvey, who started his career at Auburn Ski Club, anchored the men's team at Diamond Peak this past weekend. The team is trying to raise funds to compete at Nationals.

Sierra College Ski Team women Shannon Hartman and Kelly Conroy had several top-five finishes in the regular season, while Dan Alvey, who started his career at Auburn Ski Club and was a National All-American, was the anchor for the men’s team.

Alvey also performed highly with top-three results and single-run wins in conference racing. He blew up the competition at the regional race this past weekend, as he broke up the No. 1 Nationally ranked Sierra Nevada Ski Team by beating all but one racer in the slalom to finish second overall.

In the giant slalom, Alvey had a huge mistake and was in sixth after the first run. But he won the second run, moving up to fourth position.

“It is awesome to see his dedication and improvement over the two years I’ve had the pleasure to work with him,” said Sierra College Ski Team coach Ryan Rodarte.

Sierra College racers Treven Hunter was sixth in the slalom race at Diamond Peak, Skylar Luhan seventh, Tyler Hunter ninth and Hollis Lee 11th.

In the women’s competition, Shannon Hartman took seventh and Kelly Conroy 13th.

In the giant slalom on Sunday, Hunter was eighth, Luhan 10th, Hunter 13th and Hollis Lee 16th. Shannon Hartman posted the fastest Sierra College time with a fifth-place finish followed by an eighth-place finish by Kelly Conroy.

Sierra College will represent the West along with Sierra Nevada College at the United States Collegiate National Championships in Winter Park, Colo., from March 3-7.

Because the Sierra College team was cut by the college due to state cutbacks, it relies solely on contributions. The team is hoping that 50 businesses or individuals will contribute $100 each to help them get to Nationals.

Donations are tax deductible and can be accepted from personal parties as well as businesses. Any amount will be gladly accepted.

Donations can be sent to the Sierra College Ski team, at 10725 Pioneer Trail, Truckee, CA, 96161. Tax I.D. Number is 94-6080917-2937.

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