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