Droll and Wiser take home podium finishes at Eldora
Middle Park’s alpine ski team got into the swing of things last week with the first race of the 2018 season held at Eldora.
The Panthers got the season off to a solid start as the first race of the year resulted in two individual podium finishes and one third place team finish for the Panther boys. Ski action got underway Jan. 12 just outside of Nederland at Eldora Mountain Resort for a high school giant slalom race event featuring six teams and 153 individual competitors. Middle Park High School fielded 11 athletes for the race including six boys and five girls.
Top honors for the day went to junior Brendan Droll who finished first in the boy’s division with a race result of 1:15.21, besting 73 other male competitors. Also taking steps onto the winner’s podium was freshman Ella Wiser who finished third on the girl’s side of things with a1:14.47 race result after competing against 78 other young ladies from across the state.
Just behind the pack leaders on the boy’s side was junior Mason Moorhusen who finished 14th individually on the day with a 1:21.73 race result time. A bit further back was freshman Cole Wettersten who finished with a 1:30.63 race result time, securing 32nd place.
Nipping at his heels was fellow freshman Jacob Dorn who finished 49th Friday after racing a combined time of 1:42.15. Middle Park’s skiing sensation, sophomore Sam Parker, rounded out the team’s score for the day and finished 55th in the field. Freshman Cody Docheff finished his second run Friday but was disqualified during his first run and received no official score.
Not far back from girl’s team leader Wiser was freshman Anne Beth Droll who finished 16th at Eldora with a total race result time of 1:21.42. Next up was freshman Mia Rimmer who completed her two runs in 1:33.60 and secured 35th place. She was followed closely by Mary Mintken who finished her races in 1:35.94 and took home a 42nd place finish. Rounding out the girl’s team was Emily Lantermans who finished the Eldora event with a 48th place showing at 1:39.46.
The Panther’s next alpine ski race of the 2018 season will be held Jan. 18 at Winter Park Resort.
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