Baker, Nott and Smaine opener J4-5 season win victories
Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Jake Baker and Heavenly Ski Foundation’s Dana Nott and Kyle Smaine claimed giant slalom victories as J4-J5 skiers opened their Far West seasons in the Walters Warm Up last weekend at Kirkwood.
The GS course was steep and icy for the 112 Northern California racers who competed.
Smaine won the J5 boys GS opener, while Baker won the event the following day. Coincidentally, the boys placed third on the day they didn’t win.
Nott won the J5 girls GS on Dec. 16 and was fourth on Dec. 17.
Heavenly brought the largest contingent – 30 youths – to the two days of racing, and coach Mark Norton came away impressed with the initial performances.
“It is great to see so much interest in competition and, more importantly, training,” he said. “All the HSF athletes will be training hard during our Christmas Training Camp, which has already started and goes right up to the next race.”
The J4-5s resumse racing Jan. 6-7 at Boreal.
Heavenly’s solid race results also included J5 girls, Margot Cutter, ninth and 10th; Casey Cole, 10th and ninth; Austyn Harrington, 12th; Christine Pulford, 13th and 14th; Brette Harrington, 14th; and Lindsey Martin, 14th; and J5 boys, Will Prim, second both days; Robert Pulford, fifth twice; Dayne Carmichael, sixth and seventh; Austin Norton, seventh and eighth; Justin Smaine, ninth twice; Adam Laub 11th; and Jake Manoukian, 14th and 12th.
For the J4 girls, Heather Patterson was fourth in each GS; Holly O’Brien, 12th twice; Natalie Rastello, 14th and 15th; Anna Prim, 15th twice; Celine Cutter, 16th and 11th; Sydney Dufty, 19th; Justeen Ferguson, 20th and 21st; and J4 boys, PJ Bacon, fourth and fifth; Marty Harris, fifth and third; Matt Galdin, ninth and seventh; R.J. Gardner, 11th; Marty Rahbeck, 23rd and 32nd; Jaime Moore, 23rd; and Cody Harrington, 32nd.
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