Harris brothers produce strong results in FIS race
Racing against some of the best NCAA skiers in the nation, South Lake Tahoe’s Cory Harris and younger brother Marty Harris both proved themselves at the University of Utah Invitational slalom race on Thursday in Park City, Utah.
Cory Harris finished seventh overall with a two-race combined time of 1 minute, 33.28 seconds at Park City Mountain Resort, while Heavenly Ski Foundation skier Marty Harris placed 24th in a time of 1:35.92.
“Cory is obviously at an NCAA level and seventh is an incredible result,” said Heavenly Ski Foundation executive director Noel Dufty. “That’s the type of ranking that can put him in the NCAA finals. Those are the types of results you need. That seventh is against a pretty strong NCAA field.”
Cory Harris, a sophomore at Montana State University, was the second-highest American skier in the race. He finished 18th last year as a freshman in slalom at the NCAA Championships in Stowe, Vt. The University of New Mexico’s Tor Henning Fodnesbergene placed first with a time of 1:31.42.
Thursday’s slalom was an International Ski Federation race and racers earned FIS points for their results. Marty Harris, who is a first-year J1 skier, took second last year the J2 National Alpine Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine. He was the second-highest J1 skier on Thursday.
“Marty had a great series in slalom at the Utah Winter Games,” Dufty said. “He’s had a great week and had another good result today.”
Kirkwood’s Bryce Wehan, also a first-year J1, placed 33rd Thursday in a time of 1:38.82 and was the fifth-best J1 skier. Kirkwood’s Shane Collins and Nick Cohee were scheduled to race but didn’t complete the race.
Collins was 36th after the first run but recorded a ‘DNF’ in the second. Cohee received a ‘DNF’ in the first run and a ‘DNS’ in the second. Marty Harris, Wehan, Collins and Cohee also were in Utah Jan. 7-10 for the Western Elite FIS Series Utah Winter Games.
Wehan recorded a top-30 finish in the giant slalom on Saturday, then placed 29th in Monday’s slalom. Cohee, who was racing despite it being his fourth day on skis since recovering from a broken fibula, placed 27th in Monday’s slalom.
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