Smaine leads Heavenly Ski Foundation to win in Tahoe League youth race |

Smaine leads Heavenly Ski Foundation to win in Tahoe League youth race

Justin Smaine led 23 Heavenly Ski Foundation 8-and-under skiers in their first Tahoe League race with first- and second-place finishes last weekend at Sugar Bowl.

Teammate Rachel Laub of Zephyr Cove also won a GS after coming in fourth for the first girls run.

Smaine posted the fastest first run on the giant slalom course with a clocking of 55.22 seconds, putting him .20 ahead of the field. He followed his first-place performance with a runner-up finish.

Austin Norton of Stateline was as consistent as anyone, placing third for both runs.

Also for the boys, Luca Genasci was 14th, Grant Denny 17th and Charlie Manoukian 24th.

Laub’s first-place run allowed her to come in second overall for the girls 8-and-under class. Other Heavenly girls getting out the chute quickly were Aimee Pitcher, 12th; and Kelly McLaughlin, 22nd.

In the girls 10-and-under division, Christine Pulford finished 13th while Dayne Carmichael came in 11th for boys 10 and under.

The next Tahoe Leage race is Jan. 21 at Boreal.

Marty Harris was as cool as the icy layer he was skiing on during Far West J4-5 giant slalom races Jan. 6 and 7 at Boreal.

Harris won the first GS with a combined two-run time of 1:26.22 and was runner-up in Sunday’s race.

“Due to the lack of snow, the course was icy and really tested the talents of the athletes,” said Heavenly coach Mark Norton. “The GS races were held on Bonanza, which starts out very steep and difficult and ends with a long, flat pitch. Skiing clean and on line and carrying speed onto the flats was necessary to succeed.”

Jake Baker, the lone representative from Sierra-at-Tahoe, was the top J5 performer in each race. Baker’s combined two-run time of 1:29.73 Saturday was worth sixth overall and his 1:31.67 led all J5 racers on Sunday.

Besides Harris, Heavenly sent 25 other skiers ages 7-12 to the the two days of racing that attraced 210 athletes.

Matt Galdin procured a pair of eighth-place finishes for J4 racers. Other J4 boys results included R.J. Gardner, 20th and 18th; Cody Harrington, 29th and 23rd; Jaime Moore, 31st and 22nd; and Marty Rahbeck, 32nd and 37th.

J4 results saw Heavenly’s Heather Patterson notch 11th- and 12th-place finishes. Also for Heavenly, Celine Cutter came in 20th and 21st; Holly O’Brien came, 55th and 20th; Anna Prim, 22nd and 25th; Natalie Rastello, 29th and 35th; Justeen Ferguson, 40th; Sydney Dufty, 45th and 43rd; and Casey Brumbach, 47th.

Will Prim stood out among Heavenly’s J5 boys competitors. Prim improved from fifth to third place. Robert Pulford was eighth and sixth; Kyle Smaine, 14th and 13th; Dayne Carmichael, 12th; and Justin Smaine, 16th.

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