Sierra’s Baker places first, second at J4 Mammoth Super G |

Sierra’s Baker places first, second at J4 Mammoth Super G

Tribune staff report

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Team’s Jake Baker placed first in boys’ J4 competition at Mammoth Mountain’s super-G last Saturday, then followed that up with a second-place finish in the same event on Sunday.

On Saturday, Baker was first for the boys with a final time of 1 minute, 2.2 seconds, followed by Corey Browning of Sugar Bowl Ski Team in second at 1:03 and Sugar Bowl’s Ryan Macken in third at 1:03.34.

On Sunday, Baker placed second to Macken with a time of 56.25 to Macken’s 55.80. Squaw’s Nick Daniels was third with 56.62.

The USSA/Far West-sanctioned J4 and J5 competition at Mammoth included teams from California and Nevada, with more than 250 athletes competing.

Heavenly Ski Foundation team member Danny Souza was the big winner in boys’ J5, winning both super-G races by a wide margin.

Souza, who commutes from Vallejo to practice and compete with HSF, started racing just last year.

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On Saturday at Mammoth, Souza placed first with a time of 41.62, followed by Squaw’s Bryce Bennett in second at 42.23 and Kirkwood’s Tyler Sambrailo in third at 42.38.

HSF’s Austin Norton placed fifth at 43.01, teammate Luca Genasci was eighth at 43.81 and Dillon McKeen was 10th at 44.90. HSF’s Justin Smaine was 13th at 46.10.

On Sunday, Souza again came alive to take first with a time of 44.34, followed in second by Norton at 45.98 and Sambrailo in third at 45.99.

For J5 girls on Saturday, HSF’s Brette Harrington placed fifth with a time of 47.25, followed by teammate Courtney Norton in sixth at 47.99. On Sunday, Harrington improved to fourth place with a time of 49.13. Norton finished 10th at 51.63.