Gooding leads Heavenly in Far West slalom
Three hundred of California and Nevada’s fastest young ski racers met at Northstar last weekend for a pair of USSA Far West slaloms.
Hard snow and steep race hills challenged the young athletes.
The J5 (10 and under) boys’ division events were won by Squaw Valley’s Chris Obrien and Diamond Peak’s Winston Pretti. Dylan Gooding led the Heavenly squad with fifth- and sixth-place results, followed by teammates Payton Norton, 11th and fourth; Sean Dunkleman, 23rd and 15th; and Nick Fischer with 34th.
The J4 (11-12 age group) girls’ events were won both by Squaw Valley’s Nina Obrien. Maia Bickert led the Heavenly girls with a fifth-place performance. Heavenly’s Natalie Williams was eighth; Mikaela Clothier, 20th and 22nd; and Michael Gardner, 27th and 23rd.
The J4 boys’ races were won by Squaw Valley’s Pieter Wiemas and Kalle Wagner. Connor Novak topped the Heavenly boys with finishes of 15th and 30th, and he was followed by teammates Tristan Deatherage, 36th and 40th; Moshe Helman, 44th; and Griffin Hobson, 53rd.
“The results last weekend were encouraging,” said Heavenly coach Mark Norton. “Natalie Williams won a run on Sunday. Her and other Heavenly athletes are chasing down the best athletes around the lake. It is exciting to watch.”
The young Far West athletes will meet again at Squaw Valley on Jan. 23-24 for a pair of GS races.