Collins wins pair of Far West Championship races |

Collins wins pair of Far West Championship races

Kirkwood’s Shane Collins opened the Far West Championships with a pair of giant slalom victories last weekend on his home mountain.

Collins cruised to a near-3-second victory in Saturday’s GS. He had the fastest times in both runs and finished with a combined time of 1 minute, 25.51 seconds.

Kirkwood teammate Nick Cohee also made the podium, finishing third in 1:28.59, only .20 out of second place.

Bryce Wehan provided Kirkwood with its third top-10 finisher as he came in seventh in 1:29.29. Heavenly’s Michael Pulford was 12th in 1:31.17, Heavenly’s Robbie Souza 18th in 1:31.75 and South Lake Tahoe’s Jake Baker 28th in 1:33.19.

Collins received a little more competition in Sunday’s GS as he won by a little more than a second. Collins was timed in 1:25.24 and runner-up Chris Colpitts’ two-run effort was 1:26.60.

Heavenly’s Marty Harris, who competed in his first U.S. Alpine National Championships last weekend as well, finished fourth in 1:27.66.

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Baker improved his standing on Sunday, finishing 19th, while Radford came in 15th.

Saturday was a superb day for local female racers. Heavenly’s Holly O’Brien, who competed in her first nationals on Friday, placed fifth in 1:31.70. She was followed by South Lake Tahoe’s Kylese Zaiger in sixth (1:32.15) and Heavenly’s Andrea Killebrew was seventh in 1:32.27.

Sugar Bowl’s Brandy Barna posted the fastest time – 1:29.52.

Also, Joelle Chevalier of Heavenly was 14th in 1:33.58, Kirkwood’s Brittany Cotter in 18th (1:34.50), Justeen Ferguson of Heavenly 28th in 1:36.35 and Christine Pulford of Heavenly 31st in 1:36.65.

Killebrew moved up three places in Sunday’s GS, finishing fourth in 1:32.49.

Sage Ridge’s Corrine Rotter was the fastest in 1:30.03.

Chevalier also improved three places from Saturday, coming in 11th at 1:34.50.

In addition, Pulford was 19th in 1:36.19, Cotter 20th in 1:36.57, Ferguson 28th in 1:38.30 , Kirkwood’s Simona Frank 32nd in 1:39.77 and Heavenly’s Joleen Ferguson 37th in 1:40.52.

Slalom races were held Monday and Tuesday at Heavenly Mountain Resort and a pair of downhill and super-G races on April 18-24 at Mammoth Mountain will wrap up the championships.