Big JO weekend for Harris at Sugar Bowl |

Big JO weekend for Harris at Sugar Bowl

Tribune staff report

Heavenly Ski Foundation’s J3 team raced at Sugar Bowl Feb. 1-3 in the J3 Junior Olympic Slalom Qualifier, with Marty Harris taking two of three race wins.

The qualifier was run over three days and included three slalom races.

In a mixture of rain and snow, Harris finished on top, while Casey Haskell was second and Travis Ganong third.

For the rest of the Heavenly boys, HSF’s P.J. Bacon placed 10th, Matt Galden 13th and first-year J3 team member Tim Suglian was 40th.

Sunshine on day two of racing may have helped Ganong reverse his fortunes as he placed first, followed by Harris in second and Hassell in third place. Bacon finished fourth and Suglian moved up to 25th. Galden fell and finished in 34th place.

On day three, Harris qualified as the top slalom seed at the Junior Olympics with a first-place finish, followed in third by Haskell, Ganong in fifth, HSF’s Bacon in seventh, Galen in eighth, R.J. Gardner in 32nd and Suglian in 33rd.

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Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation’s Bryce Wehan tied for fifth and Holden Sapp was 14th.

On the girls’ side, HSF’s Holly O’Brien skied well on the first day but missed the last gate, then fell in the next two races after finishing third and first in the first runs of the day.

Other team members took the opportunity to gain valuable Junior Olympic qualifying points. Heather Patterson had a seventh- and 11th-place finishes, Andrea Killebrew was 15th and 24th, Ellie Vermillion was 33rd and 38th and Natalie Rastello was 27th and 43rd.

KSEF’s Shelby Hawthorne placed 10th, eighth and ninth.

For HSF, Harris will travel to Italy to compete against kids from 46 nations at Topolino, which is considered the world championships for 14-and-under athletes.

O’Brien next travels to the super-G qualifiers at Mammoth, when the Far West Junior Olympic Team will be named.