U-16 Nationals underway in Park CityTweet
Just because March is gone doesn’t mean the quality racing left with it. Out in Park City the U-16 Nationals are underway with the best skiers from the regional U-16 meets being brought together for a camp and a little competition. In the opening GS Juliette Parke, an Anchorage Alaska racer out of Utah’s Rowmark Academy, collected the win by taking the first run over Stephanie Lebby of Big Bear, Calif., and the USST Academy by three tenths and hanging on for a two tenths win. Burke Mountain Academy’s Bridget Currier, Meredith, NH, was third with a stellar second run. Patricia Mangan, Derby NY and the Holimont Racing program, was fourth and Rachael Desrochers, Ski Club Vail and Edwards, Colo., got fifth.
George Steffey, Lyme NH and the Stratton Mountain School won the men’s GS by more than a second over Pieter Weemaes, Los Gatos, Calif., and the Sugar Bowl Academy. Third was Weemaes teammate Michael Cooper from Alta, Calif. Fourth went to Ian Griffin of the Park City SEF and fifth to Aspen Valley skier Sky Kelsey.
USST Academy (via Winter Park) skier Storm Klomhaus, a double champion in the recently completed U-16 Rocky-Central Championship took the women’s slalom by an eye-popping 3.19 seconds over Mangan. Homestanding Molly Leavens, a local at Park City SEF, was third, Aspen Valley’s Galena Wardle fourth and Natalie Williams from Carson City, Nev., and the Heavenly Valley program notched fifth.
Cooper took the men’s slalom handily over Kelsey with Griffith third, Weemaes fourth and Adam Freeman, Tabernash, Colo., and the Winter Park Competition program, was fifth.