Hillman sets pace for Douglas alpine skiers
March 3, 2016
Danner Hillman capped off a successful season for the Douglas High alpine team last week with a third-place performance in the giant slalom and second-place in the individual combined during the Tahoe Basin Ski League Championships.
Hillman took third-place in the giant slalom Tuesday at Alpine Meadows and came back to place seventh in the slalom Wednesday at Diamond Peak. The two results pushed Hillman to second-place in the individual combined, and as an added bonus, the junior placed third in the league's boys points totals with 311, just one point behind South Tahoe's Alec Jobbins in second-place and nine points behind Whittell's Payton Norton.
Sean Dunkelman also placed eighth in the giant slalom to help the Douglas boys secure third-place as a team. The Tigers also finished fourth in the boys slalom team standings and finished fifth in the combined team standings (girls and boys) both days.
Hillman clocked a time of 1:04.22 that trailed only Whittell's Payton Norton and Truckee's Max Wingard in the giant slalom race. Dunkelman placed eighth with a time of 1:06.43, while teammate Bryan Harris finished 14th (1:08.75) and Zachary Ingrey 30th.
Hillman placed seventh in the slalom on Wednesday with a combined time of 1:00.48. He clocked a 27.96 that tied for third fastest on the second run.
Sloane Niccoli and Ingrey placed 17th and 18th with respective times of 1:11.13 and 1:12.34. Their performances were noteworthy on a day when conditions were icy and only 22 of the 34 starters managed to complete both runs successfully.
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As far as the individual season points, Ingrey finished 17th with 171 points, while Niccoli finished 18th with 169 and Harris 19th with 167.
Senior Tara Cottrill led the Douglas girls in the giant slalom with her 13th-place effort of 1:11.16 that was only eight-tenths of a second out of the No. 9 spot.
Emily Hillman also finished 24th (1:19.35), Mary Weyland 25th (1:19.88) and Katya Koepsel 27th (1:23.13).
On Tuesday, Cottrill led Douglas in the slalom as she placed 17th with a time of 1:11.70 for two runs. Hillman also finished 21st (1:16.93), Weyland 23rd (1:18.70) and Koepsel 24th (1:19.73).
Cottrill wound up fourth in the girls points for the season with 272 points. Weyland finished 11th, Hillman 13th and Koepsel 18th and Peri Buck 42nd with 93 points.