Tim Jitloff, Katie Hitchcock fifth in slalom at U.S. Alpine Championships | SierraSun.com

Tim Jitloff, Katie Hitchcock fifth in slalom at U.S. Alpine Championships

Ski Racing Magazine and Sun Staff report

The U.S. Alpine Championships in Winter Park, Colo., concluded Sunday as 20-year-old Colby Granstrom and 16-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin claimed the slalom titles to break up the Nationals sweeps threatened by super G and GS winners Julia Mancuso and Tommy Ford.

Snow fell steadily most off the day as the four-day event came to a close after three previous days of sunshine. Four inches of fresh snow had accumulated on the hill by the time the menand#8217;s second run, the first of the two, began.

Tim Jitloff of Truckee finished fifth in the menand#8217;s slalom, posting a time of 1:44.54 to Granstromand#8217;s winning mark of 1:42.67. Ford and University of Denver senior Seppi Stiegler rounded out the podium in second and third, respectively.

Sean Higgins from Incline Village finished 30th in 1:55.08. Among the Tahoe-area junior contingent, Craig Marshall of the Sugar Bowl Academy placed 32nd in 1:56.88, Bryce Bennett of the Squaw Valley Ski Team was 33rd in 1:57.10, and Sugar Bowl Academyand#8217;s Dylan Brooks finished 35th in 1:57.25

On the womenand#8217;s side, Shiffrin led all day, taking a sturdy 0.78-second lead after the first run. In the second run, she showed the consistency that earned her this seasonand#8217;s NorAm slalom title with the second-fastest time. She had a two-run combined time of 1:42.14.

Mancuso missed her chance to sweep the Nationals races when she hit a bump on the top of the first-run course and skied out in the low-visibility conditions.

Katie Hitchcock from the Sugar Bowl Academy finished fifth in the slalom, posting a time of 1:46.38. Tahoe-area juniors Lila Lapanja of Incline Village placed 27th in 1:54.48 and Morganne Murphy of Truckee was 31st in 1:57.99.

The West region took the Regionsand#8217; Cup honors with 2,969 points. The Rocky Central division was second with 1,674 points, and the East region had 1,416 points.

For complete results, go to http://www.skiracing.com.

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