Heavenly sweep at opener
December 15, 2003
By Jared Green
Tribune staff writer
Several locals put in strong performances at Kirkwood Mountain Resort in the first USSA/Far West race of the season Saturday, the Lynn Payne Memorial.
The biggest local impact was made by the Heavenly team in the J5 (10 years and younger) boys’ race, with Mikey Suglian winning and teammates filling out the top five.
The giant slalom course on Short Spoke was steep but not a problem Saturday for Suglian, whose winning time of 38.48 seconds was the only sub-39-second run of the race. Heavenly’s Justin Smaine, Luca Genasci, Hughston Norton and Ty Sprock rounded out the top five, while Kirkwood’s Troy Cohee finished eighth.
Heavenly also put in a strong showing in the J4 (11-12 years) boys’ race, with Robert Pulford, Austin Norton and Kyle Smaine finishing second through fourth and Dillon McKeen coming in seventh. Michael Radford of Snow Summit won the race, beating Pulford’s time by nearly two seconds.
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Locals rounded out the top 10, with Kirkwood’s Tyler Sambrailo eighth, Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Will Kanellos ninth and Kirkwood’s Christopher Whatford 10th.
Kirkwood had the top local finishers in the girls’ J5 race, with Ali Ballantyne taking fourth in J5, while Heavenly’s latest Australian import, Joelle Chevalier, claimed second place in the girls’ J4 competition. Kirkwood’s Simona Frank finished one spot behind Chevalier and Jamie Smith of Sierra came in fifth.
For a list of local results, See B3.
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