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Young skiers compete in Kinder Kup Race

Heavenly and Sun Staff reports

Heavenly Mountain Resort ” Heavenly Ski Foundation hosted the second of three races of the Kinder Kup Race Series this past weekend with 55 kids competing on World Cup run.

With blue skies above them and groomed snow below their feet, participants took several practice runs through the course prior to the start of racing.

In the second girls’ race of the season, Aliza Neu and Maya Wong were neck and neck, both posting the fastest times of the day out of all the competitors. Neu won the first run, and Wong posted the fastest time for the second run.

But Neu was a little bit better, coming out with the win with a combined time of 48.75 seconds, compared to Wong’s 49.72. It was Neu’s first win of the season as Wong took first in last month’s opener.

Both Neu and Wong have both earned first- and second-place finishes this Kinder Kup season, keeping them both in the running for the overall championship award with 45 points apiece. The results from next month’s race will serve as the tie-breaker. Julia Holm (51.26) had a repeat performance as she finished third on the podium.

Following the podium finishers in order were Kelly Critz, Jacqui Roth, Kate Kelly, Becca Waterson, Anastasi Liubarsky, Karli Anderson, Ellie Krolicki, Annie Ferguson, Macy Cannon, Natasha Budnik, Hannah Lucas, Hannah True, and Wynter Probert.

Other female participants were Cassandra Blevins, Avi Rippet, Devi Schwartz, Venture Bruner, Kendall Wilson, Kelsey Buckley, Sofia Hedqvist, and Samantha Schram.

Max Kelly improved upon his fourth-place finish in January’s race, taking home gold for the male competitors with a combined time of 51.22. Dalton Drum showed his consistency as well with a second-place finish (56.35), with Dylan Marcellini taking third (59.77). Kelly’s finish moves him into second place in the overall championship standings with 37 points, trailing Marcellini’s 40 points. Drum is third with 35 points.

Next month’s final race should prove to be exciting as these 6-year-olds and younger battle it out down the giant slalom course at Heavenly.

Ethan Kulchin skied to fourth place and was followed by Ryan Herhusky, Logan Chapman, Zach Staudenmayer, Edward Fischer, Bowman Wingard, Aidan Pretti, Dominik Belkin, Aidan Rippet, Brandon Wilson, Braedon Schram, Otto Albrecht, Andy Budnik, Matthew Seline, Alexander James, Jack Forvilly, Jack Laurie, Ben Cutler, and Tadi Wright.

Other male competitors earning participant medals included Vincent Piccinonno, MJ Allen, Jason Roth and Connor Logan.

The season finale is scheduled for March 22.


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