Jitloff lays down smoking race at nationals tune-up


The men's FIS GS podium at Squaw Valley. USST

The men’s FIS GS podium at Squaw Valley. USST

SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. – Olympian Tim Jitloff returned to his backyard to claim a decisive 2.79-second giant slalom victory on the same trail, Red Dog, that will be featured in Friday’s national championships. The FIS giant slalom was scheduled in advance of the championships after warm temperatures and a lack of snow prevented organizers from being able to hold the super G races.

“It was actually just nice to get the feel on the hill. It’s a very nice hill and they could certainly run the World Cup on this if they wanted. That’s a tough hill, you have to bring a lot of intensity,” said Jitloff, originally from Reno, Nev. “For me this is very relaxed, there’s not pressure here and I can just have fun. I grew up here. The first races I ever won as a kid were on Exhibition. “

The Red Dog trail was also new to another local athlete in the race, Truckee’s Mark Engel, the 2014 NCAA GS champion from the University of Utah who finished second.

“You’re always fighting on this hill. It’s long and steep all the way to the finish. It was really hard snow during the first run and the second run it was a little softer in some of the turns, but it never felt like it was going to give way … on Friday, I’m going to go for it a little bit more.”

Ryan Cochran-Siegle rounded out the podium in third while also coming away with some critical information for Friday’s race.

“You’ve got to be warmed up for the race and be active over the terrain. It’s a tough hill and it comes at you a lot. This is probably the hardest hill I’ve skied on all year. It’s pretty steep and doesn’t let up until the finish.

Under crystal blue skies and radiant sun, the top junior athletes duking it out were GMVS graduate Jack Schibli, who now skis with Global Racing, the U.S. Ski Team’s A.J. Ginnis and Kipling Weisel of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation who finished 11-12-13, respectively.

A boisterous crowd greeted finishers at the base of Squaw Valley, and all signs point to even more spectators rolling in for the national championship races, including at least one major addition to Friday’s start list.

“This is my backyard, but Ted (Ligety) is going to be here Friday and he’s the best there is,” noted Jitloff. “I’m going to battle with him, but who knows. We’re going to have fun and put on a show for the crowd. That way the young kids can see where the guys on the team are at and see it with their own eyes. That’s what’s important.”

The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships women’s giant slalom featuring defending champion Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin is set for Thursday (March 20), where Mancuso will look to add to her record 16 U.S. titles.

 

RESULTS

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  2  534959 JITLOFF Tim 1985 USA  1:12.35  1:10.49  2:22.84  9.00
 2  3  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA  1:13.61  1:12.02  2:25.63  +2.79  26.38
 3  13  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan 1992 USA  1:13.71  1:12.04  2:25.75  +2.91  27.13
 4  11  930107 GREGORAK Will 1990 USA  1:12.99  1:13.44  2:26.43  +3.59  31.37
 5  17  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:13.76  1:12.81  2:26.57  +3.73  32.24
 6  1  530758 COHEE Nick 1988 USA  1:14.31  1:13.08  2:27.39  +4.55  37.35
 7  30  930194 MCNEALUS Andrew 1990 USA  1:14.53  1:13.93  2:28.46  +5.62  44.02
 8  4  534038 NICKERSON Warner 1981 USA  1:15.81  1:12.88  2:28.69  +5.85  45.45
 9  23  930105 GRANSTROM Colby 1990 USA  1:16.16  1:12.78  2:28.94  +6.10  47.01
 10  19  531414 BANSMER Michael 1989 USA  1:15.89  1:13.33  2:29.22  +6.38  48.75
 11  53  6531195 SCHIBLI Jack 1995 USA  1:16.03  1:13.28  2:29.31  +6.47  49.31
 12  27  6531063 GINNIS Alexander 1994 USA  1:15.69  1:13.80  2:29.49  +6.65  50.43
 13  29  6531217 WEISEL Kipling 1995 USA  1:16.28  1:13.42  2:29.70  +6.86  51.74
 14  33  6530454 FARROW Tanner 1993 USA  1:15.48  1:14.32  2:29.80  +6.96  52.37
 15  21  930133 HIGGINS Sean 1990 USA  1:16.17  1:13.70  2:29.87  +7.03  52.80
 16  32  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:15.99  1:13.96  2:29.95  +7.11  53.30
 17  36  6531444 ARVIDSSON Erik 1996 USA  1:16.20  1:13.80  2:30.00  +7.16  53.61
 18  26  930188 MARSHALL Tucker 1990 USA  1:15.97  1:14.06  2:30.03  +7.19  53.80
 19  14  530651 STIEGLER Seppi 1988 USA  1:16.70  1:13.57  2:30.27  +7.43  55.29
 20  47  6531520 MORSE Sam 1996 USA  1:16.72  1:13.60  2:30.32  +7.48  55.61
 21  15  934502 ANKENY Michael 1991 USA  1:14.81  1:15.84  2:30.65  +7.81  57.66
 22  40  6531165 MARTENS Peter 1995 USA  1:16.29  1:14.44  2:30.73  +7.89  58.16
 23  72  6531509 LEBEL James 1996 USA  1:17.22  1:13.86  2:31.08  +8.24  60.34
 24  39  6530840 DUFFY Danny 1994 USA  1:17.29  1:14.03  2:31.32  +8.48  61.84
 25  6  934568 RUBIE Brennan 1991 USA  1:18.86  1:12.81  2:31.67  +8.83  64.02
 26  46  6531472 DRILLER Garret 1996 USA  1:16.95  1:15.62  2:32.57  +9.73  69.63
 27  62  6530865 HAFERMAN Eric 1994 USA  1:18.03  1:15.13  2:33.16  +10.32  73.30
 27  31  221213 RAPOSO Charles 1996 GBR  1:16.27  1:16.89  2:33.16  +10.32  73.30
 29  44  6531203 SPROCK Ty 1995 USA  1:18.09  1:15.78  2:33.87  +11.03  77.73
 30  75  6531205 TALBOTT Marc 1995 USA  1:17.97  1:16.36  2:34.33  +11.49  80.59
 31  66  6531474 DVORACEK Addison 1996 USA  1:18.42  1:16.13  2:34.55  +11.71  81.96
 32  51  6530496 MCCORMICK Sean 1993 USA  1:19.08  1:16.10  2:35.18  +12.34  85.89
 33  57  6530925 VAN DEURSEN Jake 1994 USA  1:20.37  1:14.85  2:35.22  +12.38  86.14
 34  42  6531186 PLANT Riley 1995 USA  1:19.72  1:15.70  2:35.42  +12.58  87.38
 35  50  6530826 ROBERTSON Carter 1994 USA  1:18.90  1:16.58  2:35.48  +12.64  87.76
 36  77  6531560 WILSON Cody 1996 USA  1:19.71  1:16.16  2:35.87  +13.03  90.19
 37  56  6531160 LEEVER Alex 1995 USA  1:19.31  1:16.94  2:36.25  +13.41  92.55
 37  35  6530167 SHIFFRIN Taylor 1992 USA  1:18.98  1:17.27  2:36.25  +13.41  92.55
 39  67  6531482 FERRI James 1996 USA  1:19.63  1:18.45  2:38.08  +15.24  103.96
 40  54  6530795 DAVIS Devin 1994 USA  1:20.86  1:17.45  2:38.31  +15.47  105.39
 41  70  6531535 QUEIROLO Wyatt 1996 USA  1:20.55  1:18.04  2:38.59  +15.75  107.13
 42  45  6531246 ASTLE Bryce 1995 USA  1:15.58  1:23.57  2:39.15  +16.31  110.62
 43  59  6531144 HADERLE Brannen 1995 USA  1:21.37  1:18.29  2:39.66  +16.82  113.80
 44  78  6531518 MOFFAT Kye 1996 USA  1:20.86  1:18.95  2:39.81  +16.97  114.74
 45  81  400293 WEEMAES Pieter 1997 NED  1:21.73  1:18.43  2:40.16  +17.32  116.92
 46  79  6531523 O BRIEN Keilan 1996 USA  1:21.14  1:19.31  2:40.45  +17.61  118.72
 47  80  6532009 CASHMAN Jordan 1997 USA  1:21.53  1:18.99  2:40.52  +17.68  119.16
Disqualified 1st run
 10  934566 ROBERTS Hig 1991 USA
Did not start 2nd run
 71  6531145 HALL Max 1995 USA
Did not start 1st run
 55  934593 WRIGHT Cole 1991 USA
Did not finish 2nd run
 82  6531263 MURRAY Michael 1995 USA
 76  6531854 GRIFFITH Ian 1997 USA
 69  6531152 KANELLITSAS Ben 1995 USA
 68  6531726 SZWEBEL Florian 1996 USA
 38  6531127 DUFFY Drew 1995 USA
 37  6531115 BROWN Griffin 1995 USA
 22  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA
 20  532138 KASPER Nolan 1989 USA
 12  6530117 CONE Robert 1992 USA
 5  930160 KELLEY Robby 1990 USA
Did not finish 1st run
 74  6531610 HANCOCK Andrew 1996 USA
 73  6530901 FERRI Michael 1994 USA
 65  6531259 VETH Nicolas 1995 USA
 64  6530476 HUNTER Taylor 1993 USA
 63  410393 JUNEAU Tai 1995 NZL
 61  934577 SMITH Brennan 1991 USA
 60  6531519 MOONEY Ryan 1996 USA
 58  6531120 CARDAMONE Devon 1995 USA
 52  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA
 49  6530800 THEIS Tyler 1994 USA
 48  6531135 FRANCIS Brian 1995 USA
 43  6531106 AUTY Jack 1995 USA
 41  6530539 WRIGHT Bronson 1993 USA
 34  6530534 VIETZE Sandy 1993 USA
 28  6530453 DUPRATT Samuel 1993 USA
 25  530837 KELLEY Tim 1986 USA
 24  40523 DEMSCHAR Dominic 1993 AUS
 18  530326 WILSON Ryan 1987 USA
 16  531392 JAMPOLSKY Grant 1989 USA
 9  530827 ELLIOT Jeremy 1988 USA
 8  6530500 MCLAUGHLIN Brian 1993 USA
 7  6530115 CHRISTIANSON Kieffer 1992 USA
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