Winter Park skiers hit slopes for first races of 2008
The alpine skiers of the Winter Park Competition Centers team raced last weekend in their first competitions of 2008.Winter Parks skiers were racing in the Colorado Junior Ski Cup held at Breckenridge on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5-6. They competed against other young skiers from across the state in giant slalom races.Mens results SaturdayThe top result for the Winter Park team on Saturday came in the mens GS with Nicholas Zeller earning a ninth place against a field of 68 finishers. He earned a combined time after two runs of 1:57.01. The winner of Saturdays mens giant slalom was Kieffer Christianson of ICE (Iced Out Racing). He finished in first place with a time of 1:54.16, followed by Cooper Cartmill, also of ICE, who was the runner-up with 1:54.73. Third place went to ICEs Kitt Flowers with 1:55.35.Close to Zellers time was his teammate Nicholas Stenicka, who finished with a time of 1:57.91 for 13th place. The results for the rest of Winter Parks skiers in Saturdays GS are: 22. Sean Horner, 1:59.58; 28. Jake Charland, 1:59.99; and 54. Nicholas Isaacs, 2:06.21.Womens results SaturdayIn the womens giant slalom Saturday, Abby Ghent, from Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, raced to victory against a field of 62 finishers. Her winning time after two runs was 1:58.71. Mary Sackbauer, also from Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, placed second with a time of 2:00.30. Third place was taken by Shane Mclean from Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club finishing with a 2:00.72.Winter Parks best results were turned in by a couple of skiers who were just a fraction of a second apart. Kelia Zigich placed 29th with a time of 2:05.52. Taking 30th was Shayla Foster with 2:05.69.The rest of the results for Winter Parks women in Saturdays GS at Breckenridge are: 40. Kylie Kroneberger, 2:08.28; and 53. Sarah Williams, 2:13.35.Womens results SundayOn Sunday, Winter Parks women made a huge improvement, taking the lead in the teams results. Earning an eighth-place finish was Winter Parks Tracie Kroneberger. She posted a combined time after two runs of 1:54.48 against a field of 68 finishers. As on the previous day, Sundays GS was won by Abby Ghent of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail who skied a time of 1:51.86. Aspens Joanna Coffey took second with 1:53.71 while third place went to Anna Marno of Steamboat Springs with 1:53.97.Not far behind Kroneberger was her teammate Sarah Williams, who made a big improvement over Saturdays results. In Sundays GS, she took 13th place in 1:55.09. The results for the rest of Winter Park women in Sundays GS are: 22. Kelia Zigich, 1:56.46; 34. Rylee Burrows, 1:58.09; 41. Shayla Foster, 2:00.16; and 46. Kylie Kroneberger, 2:01.86.Mens results SundayRyan McConnell of Steamboat Springs broke the ice by winning Sundays mens GS. He raced to first place with a combined time after two runs of 1:59.99 against a field of 64 finishers.Taking the second and third spots were two ICE skiers. Kitt Flowers earned the runner-up spot with 2:00.18 while third place went to Cooper Cartmill with 2:00.84. Winter Parks fastest skiers in the mens giant slalom on Sunday were Nicholas Stenicka and Sean Horner. Stenicka placed 18th in 2:04.31. A fraction of a second behind him was Horner who took 19th in 2:04.57.Nicholas Isaacs rounded out the Winter Park teams results in Sundays GS by taking 51st place in 2:14.21.
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