PCST skis well in Sun Valley
The Laura Flood and the Cheeso Memorial alpine ski races took place Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. This was an under-16 and U18 qualifying race for Western Region Juniors and U16 Championships in March. The Park City Ski Team achieved respectable results.
Dueling race hills simultaneously hosted slalom and giant slalom events for men and women during the weekend. The ladies started with GS on Saturday; representing the U18 women, Ariana Davis took second place and Nicole Greene placed fourth, followed by Cassidy Butt in fifth and Frances Carlisle took seventh place. For the U16 Park City girls, Charlotte Townshend grabbed fourth place and Katiana Carestia blasted into ninth place. Following closely behind were several of the first-year U16 women with Bridey Bush, Valerie Festavan, Shaye Henderson and Gabrielle Nixon taking 13th-16th places, respectively.
The slalom race on Sunday proved to be quite a technical course, with just over two-thirds of the entire group finishing both races without incident. For those able to weather the proverbial slalom storm, Ariana Davis again shined in second place for the U18 girls, followed by Frances Carlisle in fourth, Nicole Greene in sixth and Aleksandra Uzieblo in seventh place. First-year U16 racer Bridey Bush had an amazing time taking second for the U16s and fifth overall in the race. Charlotte Townshend also stood out by finishing third for the U16s and sixth overall. Other notable finishes include Shaye Henderson in 12th and Gabrielle Nixon in 15th place for U16 women.
The men started with slalom on Saturday morning with a challenging course, on which only 62 percent of racers endured both runs through to the finish. Highlights of the competition include a buoyantly athletic Scott McGrath taking first place for the U16 men and fifth place overall, despite a one-legged topple toward the end of the second run. Ben Lawson was not far behind, finishing fourth, followed by Shane Cumming in ninth and Lukasz Biskup in 11th place. The lone survivor of the U18 men was Romain Astie, taking fifth place for the U18s and eighth place overall in the race, also overcoming a plunge close to the finish.
Temperatures held up well for good snow on Sunday to host the men’s GS race. Dominik Brazerol forged through the gates to take fifth place for the U18 men and seventh overall, followed by another great finish from Romain Astie in seventh place, MacIntyre Henderson in 10th place, Hunter Carlson in 11th and Aydon Lee in 12th. The U16 men also blazed down the mountain with first-year U16 Ben Lawson claiming first place, and 13th overall, Shane Cumming with a strong finish in ninth place and Niclas Carlson, Max Carpenter and Jack Dalton taking 15-17th places, respectively.
Congratulations to all of the Park City Ski Team racers!
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