Monroe Cup brings 155 kids to Warm Springs
Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine racer Bennett Snyder and Jackson Hole’s Anya Mulligan were overall U-12 (ages 10-11) winners of the USSA Monroe Cup North Series technical races Saturday and Sunday on Baldy.
In all, there were 155 kids from Idaho and Wyoming including 58 SVSEF racers.
Snyder won Saturday’s men’s slalom on Hemingway and added second place in giant slalom Sunday on Hemingway/Greyhawk. Top SVSEF U-12 girl was Madison Ferris with a runner-up giant slalom finish Sunday. Wyoming racer Mulligan won Saturday’s slalom.
There were 14 Sun Valley racers among 46 boys, and 22 SVSEF kids in the 52-racer girls’ field. Class placings:
( U-14 girls: Alice Hoffer 1-SL, 1-GS.
( U-12 girls: Allison Rathfon 6-SL, 13-GS; Madison Ferris 23-SL, 2-GS; Sage Curtis 11-SL, 6-GS; Emma MacGuffie 13-SL, 20-GS; Laine Allison 14-SL, DNF-GS; Miriam Gilman 21-SL, 26-GS; Tia Vontver 24-SL, 33-GS; Lucca Vernoy 26-SL, 29-GS; Esmee Verheijen 27-SL, 32-GS; Emma Madsen 28-SL, 30-GS; Sage Holter 29-SL, 36-GS; Sophie Harder 31-SL, 37-GS; Elle Mann 32-SL, 39-GS; Claire Holzman 34-SL, DQ-GS; Anja Schweiger 35-SL, 22-GS; Emilia Hoffer 36-SL, 41-GS; Adela Pennell 37-SL, 40-GS; Jillian Frost DNF-SL, 42-GS; Molly Kucher DQ-SL, 14-GS; Lily Fitzgerald DQ-SL, DNF-GS; Julia Ott 28-GS.
( U-12 boys: Bennett Snyder 1-SL, 2-GS; Buey Grossman DNF-SL, 8-SL; Wyatt Minor DNF-SL, 3-GS; Shaw Dean 9-SL, DNF-GS; Alexander Daves 11-SL, 17-GS; Charlie Snyder 13-SL, 9-GS; Ridley Lindstrom 14-SL, DQ-GS; Ethan Marx 20-SL, 21-GS; William Everitt 22-SL, 14-GS; Fletcher Stumph 23-SL, 10-GS; Aidan Burchmore 29-SL, 24-GS; Jackson Swenke 31-SL, 27-GS; Axel Diehl 32-SL, 29-GS; Julian Allchin 34-SL.
Sun Valley’s Nathan Gowe earned a giant slalom win on Cozy ski run Saturday, while Marit Kaiser picked up a U-10 (ages 7-9) girls’ slalom victory Sunday on the Cozy run. There were 10 Sun Valley racers among 28 boys, and 12 SVSEF kids in the 32-racer girls’ field. Placings by race and class:
( U-10 boys: Nathan Gowe 1-GS, DSQ-SL; Josh Blackburn 3-GS, 3-SL; Ryder Sarchett 4-GS, 4-SL; William DeWolfe 5-GS, DSQ-SL; Jett Carruth 6-GS, DSQ-SL; Connor Campbell 7-GS, 6-SL; Joseph Goitiandia 10-GS, 5-SL; Skye Leininger 15-GS, 10-SL; Eli Fuller 18-GS, DSQ-SL; and Axel Hattrup 23-GS.
( U-10 girls: Marit Kaiser 2-GS, 1-SL; Anhwei Kirk 3-GS, 3-SL; Hannah Ferris 4-GS, 31-SL; Jessica Blackburn 5-GS, 25-SL; Logan Lindstrom 8-GS, 10-SL; Lily Ann Dean 9-GS, 8-SL; Tatum Minor 10-GS, 21-SL; Lola Street 13-GS, 9-SL; Laci Jermunson 16-GS, 15-SL; Saba Grossman 18-GS, 26-SL; Lily Enos 22-GS, 19-SL; Gillian Simcoe 26-GS, 29-SL.
Wild West Classic tests elite racers
Kipling Weisel, Kyla Miller and Sofi Leroux led 15 Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation/Sun Valley Ski Academy U-21 and U-18 alpine ski racers during the USSA Wild West Classic slalom and giant slalom races Feb. 21-24 at Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
U-18 prospect Weisel placed seventh overall and fourth among U-18s (ages 16-17) in Thursday’s series-opening giant slalom for 135 male starters (95 two-run finishers). Weisel survived a tough Sunday slalom that claimed 89 of the 137-racerfield when he placed 10th overall, the second U-18.
Miller cracked the top 10 with a ninth place (4th U-18) in Friday’s giant slalom. U-21 Leroux was 14th overall (8th U-21) in Sunday’s slalom. There were 103 women, bringing the total field to 240 of the West’s top racers at Jackson Hole.
Men’s winners were Jackson Hole’s 24-year-old Seppi Stiegler (GS/SL), Sugar Bowl’s Mark Engel, 21, of the U.S. Ski Team (SL) and University of Utah All-American Nick Cohee, 24, of Kirkwood, Ca. (GS).
Aspen-based Independent Ski Racing produced two women’s giant slalom winners—2008 Nor-Am champion Megan McJames, 25, of Park City and University of Colorado All-American Katie Hartman, 25. Taking both slaloms was 2010 Olympian Anna Goodman, 27, of Quebec, who retired in 2012 after nine years as a slalom specialist on the Canadian national team.
Top Wild West Classic class placings for Sun Valley:
- U-21 girls: Sofi Leroux 5-GS, 8-SL; Amanda Stelling 18-GS, 11-SL; Taylor Gilliam 23-GS, 16-SL.
- U-21 boys: Miles Sweek 24-GS, DNF-SL.
- U-18 girls: Kyla Miller 4-GS, 7-SL; Jordan Fitzgerald 9-GS, 7-SL; Mackenzie Bachmeier 8-GS, 8-SL; Linnea Baysinger 11-GS, 12-SL; Jenna Lou Jansky 40-GS, 36-SL.
- U-18 boys: Kipling Weisel 4-GS, 2-SL; KJ Savaria 17-GS, 8-SL; Parker Scott 25-GS, DNF-SL; Ben Kanellitsas 28-GS, DNF-SL; William Harder 30-GS, 19-SL; Tanner Josey 40-GS, DNF-SL; Payton Anderson 58-GS, DNF-SL.
Younger freestyle kids enjoy Race Arena test
Younger Freestyle Prep and Devo athletes from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation participated in their Team Trials event last weekend on a 200-meter mogul course with one jump on Baldy’s Race Arena.
Overall male winners were: 1—Mikel Sanchez-duPont. 2-Toby Rafford. 3—Henry Cherp. Overall female winners: 1—Aloe Orison. 2—Rainey Wilson. 3—Addie Rafford.
Freestyle program director Andy Ware said, “We saw some great skiing and great tricks being thrown down. There are a lot of great skiers coming up through the program and the enthusiasm is very high.”
In other freestyle news:
- SVSEF Freestyle Gold Teamers Tai Barrymore and Shane Cordeau were among those competing last weekend.
Barrymore finished 5th in skier halfpipe at the SFR French Open in Tignes, France. Cordeau placed 9th in moguls and 10th in dual moguls during the third stop of the Nor-Am series at Val St. Come, Quebec. Morgan Shaver was 32nd in both moguls and dual moguls in Quebec. And Hannah Haupt finished 7th in skier halfpipe at the Aspen (Colo.) Open.
Top age class placings from the Team Trials:
1—Anton Holter, Charlie Price, Lockland McFarland, Addie Shandro, Toby Rafford, Mikel Sanchez-duPont, Rainey Wilson, Anders Nelson, Aloe Orison and Henry Cherp.
2—Sam Ware, Chris Pedersen, Tanner Post and Jack Wojcik.
3—Ridge Dirksmeier, Joey Markthaler, Alex Austin and George Merchep,
4—George Murray, Will Price. 5—Harper Mallett, Adam Kind and Brian Heekin. 6—Wilson Baker and Logan Wojcik. 7—Luke Higgins, Jamie Moore. 8—Jack Morton. 9—Dylan Mills. 10—Holden Kleiner.
Josey, Roemer chosen for Junior Worlds
Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Snowboard Team riders Chase Josey and Ryan Roemer have been selected to compete on the American team in the 17th FIS Snowboard Junior World Championship competition Feb. 28-March 11 at Erzurum, Turkey.
Although Josey and last year’s USASA overall national champion Roemer won’t attend the event, their selection is a prestigious honor, one that signifies both are competing at the highest levels of the sport, said SVSEF Snowboard Team head coach Andy Gilbert.
Josey, 17, a Community School senior, competed last March in his first Junior World Championships at Sierra Nevada, Spain. He placed fourth overall in a field of 54—and the top American in halfpipe. Josey has competed in three World Cup halfpipes this winter, placing as high as eighth Jan. 12 in Colorado.
Wood River High School senior Roemer, 17, has gravitated to snowboardcross this winter and has competed mainly on the Nor-Am tour—placing fifth and seventh at Copper Mountain, Colo. Jan. 24-25.
He was also 14th in the Pro Men’s class of the recent Mt. Baker Banked Slalom—after winning his age class in the highly-regarded race last year. This is his first Junior World Championship selection.
Gilbert said, “Although Chase and Ryan won’t attend Junior Worlds this year, they each have two more years of eligibility left.” Next year’s Junior World Championships are in Korea, he added.
Roemer is planning to race in the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and USANA Skicross event Feb. 25-March 2 at Park City, Utah. They are Nor-Am sanctioned events allowing athletes to gain FIS ranking points.
And both Josey and Roemer are looking forward to the U.S. Revolution Tour stop March 17-22 at Sun Valley.