The Swatch/Palmer-Cross |

The Swatch/Palmer-Cross

Easter is still more than a month away, but “Palm” Saturday drew 57 skiers to Heavenly for a head-to-head battle.

The Swatch/Palmer-Cross miniseries continued on the Comet course that bears Shaun Palmer’s name with Saturday’s skiercross. The skiercross was the second event in the three-stop series. The late-added events began March 11 with a snowboard cross, and wrap up March 25 with the series finals.

Coltron Terry won the men’s 23-and-older division, edging Sean Gutekunst and Chris Ekert, while conditioning guru Samantha Donaldson won as the lone entry among women older than 23. Adam Finch edged second-place Loren Dickens and third-place Richard Jameson to claim top honors among men age 18-22, and Andrew Contraras beat out Tyler Bradford for the top spot on the boys 14-17 podium. The Alpine racers of the home-hill Heavenly Ski Foundation made a strong showing in the boys 13-and-younger division, with P.J. Bacon and Marty Harris finishing above third-place Kyle Hernandez.

Janette Bak won as the lone finalist among girls 14-17 years old, while Blake Bourne outdueled Kerry Dunleavy for the top spot on the girls 13-and-younger podium.

In the spirit of namesake Palmer, the South Shore native who swept three years of ESPN X Games Boardercross before adding skiercross and dominating on two planks, the March 25 finals bring together the top racers from both ski and snowboard disciplines.

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