Alpine ski athletes from all over California and Nevada gathered at Sugar Bowl for the U14 Far West Championships this past weekend.
The four-day event consisted of races in four disciplines, starting with slalom on Thursday in rainy conditions. The Sugar Bowl race department did an amazing job to pull off the race in the adverse weather as Winston Pretti of Diamond Peak took the boys win in a time of 1:33.74. Duncan Reid of Mammoth was second in 1:38.43 and Max Wingard of Squaw Valley was third in 1:38.59.
On the women’s side, Squaw Valley’s Keely Cashman won her first of three races, posting a time of 1:41.32, while Julia Puchkov of Sugar Bowl was second in 1:44.21 and Emma Knaus of Squaw Valley was third in 1:45.36.
Friday’s weather proved to be more enjoyable for the fast and exciting super G. The course was long and the snow held up great for the more than 200 competitors.
The fastest time of the day went to Squaw’s Will Malone, with a time of 108.51. He narrowly beat Will Belden of Sugar Bowl by .21 seconds. Third place went to Wingard, in 1:09.60.
Knaus prevailed in the women’s SG with a time of 109.92, very narrowly beating Cashman, who finished in 110.03. Sugar Bowl’s Cheyenne Brown smoked a third-place run at 110.29.
Cloudy skies returned for Saturday’s giant slalom, but the competitors were able to get it done. Pretti won his second race of the weekend in a time of 2:05.73, while Wingard was second in 2:09.39 and Casey Delaney of Diamond Peak was third in 2:09.57. In the women’s GS, Cashman raced to the win in a time of 2:07.65. A.J. Hurt of Squaw Valley followed in 2:09.09 and Haley Louis of Kirkwood was third.
The final day of competition was a parallel slalom Sunday. Cashman once again led the ladies with a win in a time of 1:09.39, while Louis was second in 1:10.69 and Hurt was third in 1:11.87. Barrett Calvin of Mammoth won the men’s parallel slalom, recording a time of 1:09.32. Pretti was second in 1:10.18 and Delaney third in 1:11.13.
Former Olympic alpine racers Daron Rahlves and Tamara McKinney were on hand to present Sunday’s awards. In addition, they presented the “Rahlves Cup” and the “McKinney Cup,” which go to the athlete with the best finishes in all four events over the weekend. Cashman and Wingard took the honors.
Announcements also were made for the individual overall season awards in the North Series. All results from the scheduled series races, regardless of discipline, are used to calculate the series awards.
Cashman won the overall North Series among girls and was followed by Louis and Belle Johnson of Squaw Valley. Brett Hurt of Squaw Valley won the overall on the boys side, while Delaney and Payton Norton of Diamond Peak finished second and third, respectively.