Youth ski racers converge
The best youth ski racers from Nevada and California age 12 and under converged on Mammoth recently to compete in the annual Far West J 4 and 5 Age Group Championships.
More than 350 excited and talented skiers took part in the four days of competition. The Kirkwood athletes turned in some great performances and showed a glimpse of what is to come in the future.
The giant slalom, the first of the competitions, was held April 4.
In the J-5 (10 and under) girls age group, Shelby Hawthorne (36th) and Brittany Cotter (43rd) put two solid runs together in their first championship race. In the J-4 (11- and 12-year-olds) girls division, Kylese Zaiger led the Kirkwood pack and earned a medal with a 14th-place finish. Tally Locke (42nd) and Casey Rise (53rd) followed closely behind. In the J-5 boys division, Nick Cohee captured a medal with an 11th-place finish. Bryce Wehan (29th) and Holden Sapp (35th) also turned in outstanding efforts. In the J-4 boys, George Boe put together two good runs and finished 19th. He was followed by teammates Brett Andersen (27th), Travis Williams (54th), Robert Greathouse (63rd), Parker Cushing (78th) and Aaron Sanders (88th).
Shelby Hawthorne (38th) and Brittany Cotter (39th) finished less than a second apart in the J-5 girls slalom race. Zaiger led the Kirkwood J-4 girls with a 26th-place showing. Locke (32nd), Katie Sawaya (39th), and Rise (51st) also skied and finished well against tough competition. Sapp (23rd), Wehan (31st) and Cohee (33rd) placed well in the J-5 boys competition. George Boe led the Kirkwood J-4 competitors with a 26th-place performance. Andersen (39th), Williams (59th), Sanders (72nd) and Cushing (77th) also completed both runs.
Hawthorne (34th) and Cotter (45th) did well in just their second J-5 Super G race. Zaiger (10th) and Sawaya (12th) battled to top finishes in the J-4 grouping. They were followed by Locke, who placed 36th. In the J-5 boys division, Chasen Cohee (24th), Wehan (28th), Nick Cohee (34th), Sapp (37th) and Travis Johnson (61st) participated well in their first championship competition. Andersen took 26th for the J-4 boys team. He was followed in the standings by Robert Greathouse (60th), Williams (67th), Cushing (73rd) and Sanders (80th).
On the third night, George Boe and Shelby Hawthorne boogied their way to a third-place performance in the fun-filled dance competition.
There were three athletes that attended the Olympic Games in Nagano who were on the results sheet from the J 4/5 Championships six years ago. Some of this year’s top finishers may be seen in the Salt Lake City games in 2002.
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