Young racers hit Alpine Meadows
For as much as ski racers have bemoaned the lack of snow in the early season, Heavenly’s youngest gate-runners had the opposite problem Sunday at Alpine Meadows.
Heavenly Ski Foundation racers from the ages of ages 8 to 12 traveled to Alpine for the second race of the North Lake Tahoe League series. In addition to the giant slalom gates, the young racers had to battle changing conditions that included a foot and a half of new snow just off the course.
Heavenly finished with 15 of the 45 medals Alpine awarded for the race. Foundation skiers accounted for the top eight in the 10-racer boys 6-and-younger field. Austyn Norton, Jake Manukian and Dana Nott posted highlight wins for the Heavenly Foundation. Norton was second in the boys 7-8 division, Manukian was fifth in the same age group and Nott fifth among girls 9-10 years old. The performances kept the Heavenly racers in the running for the overall points trophy for the series.
Norton had two sub-45-second runs for a combined time of 1 minute, 27.23 seconds, second to home-mountain racer Mark Engel. Manukian finished in a combined time of 1:31.82. Nott finished the female under-10 race with a combined time of 1:29.48.
Emily Fulstone (fourth, under-8 girls), Hayden Fulstone (fourth, under-12 boys) James Moore (fifth, under-12 boys) posted top-five finishes for Heavenly. Grant Denny led the sweep of the top eight places in the boys 6-and-under race.
Heavenly’s skiers will continue to participate in the series races, rotating around the North Shore resorts every other week. The next race is Feb. 6 at Diamond Peak. The series includes overall championships at Diamond Peak the final week.
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