Panthers race past the competition at Copper Mountain |

Panthers race past the competition at Copper Mountain

Middle Park’s alpine ski squad got back to action last Friday with a slalom race at Copper Mountain that saw the boy’s team place third on the day while the lady Panthers finished up with a fifth place showing.

The ski action got underway Friday in Summit County as ski racers from East Grand took on a substantial field of 156 individual skiers representing seven teams across Colorado’s Rockies. Leading the way for the Panthers Friday was junior Brenden Droll who finished eighth in the boy’s field of 82 racers with a time of 1:36.22.

Just a few places behind him, and a little over two full seconds back, was his fellow junior Mason Moorhusen who finished in 13th place individually Friday with a combined race time of 1:38.40. Further back in the field was senior Caleb Riccio who secured 36th place with his 1:52.28 showing at Copper Mountain.

Nipping at his heels was freshman Cole Wettersten who finished a little over two seconds slower than Riccio with a time of 1:54.75, good enough for a 41st individual placement. Freshman Cody Docheff was Middle Park’s next fastest racer who finished his two runs in 3:05.26 and finished in 62nd place. Sophomore Sam Parker rounded out Middle Park’s male racers and finished the Friday race in 65th place with a total race time of 6:53.00.

Over on the girl’s side of things freshman Ella Wiser once again led the lady Panthers at race time, finishing in 16th place out of a field of 74 female racers with a 1:53.87 combined race time. All five of Middle Park’s female ski racers on Friday were freshman girls. Following close behind Wiser was Beth Anne Droll who finished two spots back in 18th place after completing her two runs in 1:55.99.

Further back was Emily Lantermans who finished 36th at Copper after wrapping up her two runs with a 2.18.19 race time. The two other lady Panthers, Mary Mintken and Mia Rimmer, did not receive a formal place for the race after Mintken did not finish her first race and Rimmer was disqualified from her second race.

The Panthers will now turn their sights towards Winter Park Resort for another home race as the alpine ski season continues apace. The race will be held Friday.

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