Palamaras, Davis crowned Kinder Kup King, Queen
Forty-two athletes aged 6 and as young as 2, braved the elements Sunday to partake in the final Kinder Kup race of the season. Although winds and heavy snow were forecasted, Heavenly’s World Cup Run remained sheltered from the winds and allowed staff to groom the race run just prior to the event.
Sunday’s event was the last of three races as part of the Kinder Kup series, in which race results are used to determine the Overall Series winners. Athletes who raced in all three races during the season, earned points based on their top 15 finish results.
Mary Davis secured her Overall Series Win with her second 1st place finish of the season with a combined time of 42.90 seconds. Elena Messner was 2nd in Sunday’s race (45.39) followed by Eden Neal in 3rd (48.06). Davis won the Overall title with 65 points (3rd place and two 1st’s) followed by Elena Messner 2nd overall with a 47 points (4th, 3rd, 2nd) and Brenna Ritchie’s consistency paid off with an early season 9th place finish followed by two consecutive 4th place finishes to earn 3rd place in the Overall Series standings with 31 points.
Nicko Palamaras was crowned the boy’s Overall Kinder Kup Series Winner. He placed first in every race this season, earning a perfect score of 75 points, after Sunday’s win. Palamaras’ combined time was 40.14 seconds, followed by Zack Staudenmayer in 2nd (43.64) and Ethan Saenz took 3rd (45.99). However, it was a tight race in determining 2nd and 3rd place Overall Series winners as there was a tie after Sunday’s race. Saenz race results earned him 39 points in the season standings (7th, and two 3rd place finishes) as did Andrew Donahue (3rd, 4th, 4th). To break the tie, the best finish of the day was used. Saenz was awarded 2nd Overall and Donahue was then awarded 3rd place in the Overall Season standings.
Sunday’s race was the last Kinder Kup race of this season, but will again, be hosted by Heavenly next season. It will include three races and is open to all kids, ages 6 and younger, and of all abilities. For more information on the Kinder Kup Race Series or other racing programs, contact the Heavenly Ski Foundation at 530-541-7354.
Other Kinder Kup girl race results included Brenna Ritchie in 4th, Olivia Saenz 5th, Emma Habaradas 6th, Jade Chapman 7th, Allison Mollin 8th, Sophie Novak 9th, Riley McHenry 10th, Krysta Budnik 11th, Anna Gornytzski 12th, and Alena Voss 13th.
Boys results included Andrew Donahue 4th, Evan Mueller 5th, Owen Parks 6th, Lukas Voss 7th, Daniel Galis 8th, Forrest Jones 9th, Joel Gomez 10th, Brennan Moore 11th, Parker Davis 12th, Jake Stackpole 13th, Charles Baker 14th, Gabriel Turner 15th, Henry Craig 16th, Gabriel Galis 17th, Jack Johnson 18th, Andrew Craig 19th, Jackson Hopkins 20th, Cameron Gurner 21st, Mikey Beauregard 22nd, Evan Habaradas 23rd, Harrison Knutson 24th, Parker Bryant 25th, Sam Stafford 26th, Atticus Knutson 27th, and Max McGee 28th.鶜
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