NNORTHSTAR, Calif. - Tahoe League athletes headed to Northstar where they participated in their first and only super G race of the season last Saturday. With an average of seventy skiers per age group, the Heavenly Foundation athletes came away with valuable experience.
"Having just one super G race in our league, we don't train it [super G] a lot ... so rather than focusing on results, we got experience," Heavenly Foundation coach Jon McKean said. "I'm proud of them. They skied well; no one looked scared. Now they know they can go faster the next time."
Athletes were given an extended course inspection, due to the length of the super G course. Since nearly 300 athletes were registered to compete, the training run was canceled in order to run all 300 race runs.
Heavenly had just nine athletes compete, with Lexie Sutter leading her team with a 36th place result in the Girls 9/10 class, followed by Kyla Rippett in 65th. In the Girls 7/8 class, Allison Mollin placed 56th, with Annie Ferguson not too far behind in 59th, and Emma Habaradas was 74th. Boys, Blake Sutter, Aidan Rippett and Devin Martineau placed 60th, 73rd and 96th respectively in the Boys 7/7 class, with Chad Maricich placing 67th for the 9/10 Boys.
Tahoe League athletes will be home training the next two weeks in preparation for league championships, which will be held at Squaw Valley March 31 and April 1. There, athletes will compete in giant slalom and slalom for individual championship titles.