Pulford wins pair of slalom races
The 2002 Far West J4/5 Series resumed last weekend and Heavenly Ski Resort’s Robert Pulford of Lafayette, Calif., proved that he is a slalom racer to watch in the future.
Pulford won both slaloms by more than 8 seconds. The young man often finds himself attending school in the Bay Area during the day and training several hours at night under the lights at Heavenly.
Approximately 250 California and Nevada athletes ranging in age from 6 to 12 participated in the two slalom races at Boreal Ski Area.
A steep and technical course challenged the skiers, many of whom were up to the test.
Pulford was backed by 12 other top-10 results from his Heavenly teammates.
For the J5 boys, Kyle Smaine and Austin Norton notched a pair of top-10 performances. Smaine was fifth and sixth, while Norton was 10th and seventh.
Also, Justin Smaine was 12th and ninth; Hughston Norton, 30th and 40th; Ty Sprock, 21st; Tim Denny, 27th and 36th; Luca Genasci, 29th and 27th; Alex Steves, 55th; Dillon McKean, 22nd and 23rd; Grant Denny, 35th and 36th; Jake Manoukian, 37th and 46th; Charlie Manoukian, 50th and 51st; Kyle Galbraith, 47th; Adam Laub, 19th; and Avery Laub, 63rd.
Brette Harrington led Heavenly’s J5 girls. She was 10th and 13th in her two slalom races. Also, Lindsey Martin was 22nd, Ashley Kileen was 25th and 30th and Rachael Laub was 22nd.
Anna and Will Prim stood out in the J4 boys and girls races. Anna was fifth and ninth, while Will pounded out fourth- and 12th-place finishes.
Tim Suglian’s 40th-place showing and Jmes Denny’s 43rd- and and 50th-place runs rounded out the J4 boys performances.
In addition to Anna Prim’s outstanding results, Heavenly’s J4 finishes included Christine Pulford, 10th and 20th; Dana Nott, 13th and 22nd; Justeen Ferguson, 15th and 17th; Elle Vermillion, 28th; Margo Cutter, 30th and 45th; Andrea Killabrew, 37th and 43rd; and Austyn Harrington, 51st and 59th.
The J4’s and J5’s will transition to GS and super-G training to prepare for the next Far West races March 2-3 at Mammoth Mountain.
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