Area racers do well at high-level FIS event
The first Alpine Far West skiing race of the season on Dec. 4-5 at Boreal Mountain Resort resulted in some nice finishes for several South Shore racers.
In the newly formed Entry League, 20-year-old Chris McKean took third with a two-run total time of 1:00.76 in the men’s slalom race on the second day of competition. The Entry Level is designed primarily for athletes entering FIS racing for the first time. The Far West is experimenting with the use of these races as inexpensive FIS starts.
Also on the second day of competition, Kirkwood’s Shane Collins, Nick Cohee and Errol Kerr placed fourth, seventh and 11th, respectively. Collins again placed fourth in the men’s slalom race on Saturday and Kerr placed fifth, while Cohee again finished in seventh. Heavenly’s Cory Harris finished 12th.
Harris’ brother, Marty, also of Heavenly, are both on the 2004-05 Far West Ski Team, which is comprised of the top nine J1 and J2 male racers.
In a J3 girls’ slalom race on Saturday, Holly O’Brien, a junior at Whittell, finished in third place.
“Holly is a real up-and-coming skier and Chris is trying to make a comeback after he blew out his knee two years ago,” said Heavenly Foundation Director Noel Dufty. “And we, of course, are expecting good things from Marty and his brother Cory. We are just getting started here, but hopefully we’ll be getting more results.”