Over the Feb. 22-23 weekend, 51 Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation cross-country ski team athletes traveled to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah for the Intermountain Youth Ski Championships. There were 191 competitors attending from Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Montana.
SVSEF placed third as a team with 511 points behind Park City Nordic (622) and Bridger Ski Foundation of Montana (523). The SVSEF travel team amassed the most points, 111, in the Girls’ U-12 division, and placed second to Park City 323-268 in points earned in the mass start freestyle event.
SVSEF assistant Nordic program director and head Prep Team coach Kelley Sinnott said, “This race is geared toward the younger racers and is considered to be the ‘big’ race series of the year for these younger competitors.
“Ages of the SVSEF skiers ranged from 8-13 years old (U-10 through U-14 age classes). Many traveled to their first-ever away competition. Racers competed in three events over two days—a skate mass start distance race, obstacle course and a classic individual start distance race with distances varying by age class.
“The race courses were wound around the bottom of the 2010 Olympic ski jumps and would be considered very challenging for any skier with an especially tough downhill and long difficult climb.
“Sun Valley skiers represented well with many notching personal bests over the course of the weekend.
Highlights for the weekend included a top-five podium sweep by the U-12 girls in the obstacle course and a top-three podium sweep by the U-12 girls in the skate race with Anja Jensen first, Logan Smith second, Sascha Leidecker third and Eva Grover fifth.
In U-10, Enzo Lutz won the obstacle course race while Samantha Smith reached the podium three times, also winning the obstacle course event. Cash Dart podiumed in the U-12 boys freestyle race, while Lily Brunelle and Chloe Tanous reached the podium in the U-14 girls’ obstacle course.
“As a coach, the thing that stands out in my mind about the weekend wasn’t necessarily the results but the attitudes and behavior of the SVSEF kids. They were positive, hard-working, fun and encouraging. They really came together as a team and represented themselves and SVSEF well.”
Here are Sun Valley placings by class, by event, with abbreviations for obstacle course (OC), skate (SK) and classic (CL):
Boys’ U-10 (ages 8-9): Enzo Lutz 1-OC, 4-SK, 8-CL; Holden Archie 5-OC, 3-SK, 6-CL; Luca Mathieu 7-OC, 8-SK, 5-CL; Mats Radl-Jones 8-OC, 9-SK, 10-CL.
Girls’ U-10: Samantha Smith 1-OC, 3-SK, 3-CL; Anika Vandenburgh 6-OC, 8-SK, 6-CL; Gretel Huss 7-OC, 9-SK, 7-CL; Svea Leidecker 8-OC, 12-SK, 12-CL; Anja Grover 9-OC, 4-SK, 10-CL; Meg Keating 10-OC, 5-SK, 14-CL; Whitney Janotta 14-OC, 17-SK, 13-CL; Lilia Page 16-SK, 15-CL.
Boys’ U-12 (ages 10-11): Jake Gorham 6-OC, 10-SK, 14-CL; Cash Dart 12-OC, 3-SK, 6-CL; Alex Shafer 13-OC, 17-SK, 21-CL; Sebi Radl-Jones 15-OC, 19-SK, 17-CL; Kye Harned 17-OC, 23-SK, 24-CL; Cole Reeves 20-OC, 14-SK, 20-CL; Skylar Maguire 22-OC, 22-SK, 23-CL; Ryan Carnes 25-OC, 27-SK, 25-CL.
Girls’ U-12: Logan Smith 1-OC, 2-SK, 1-CL; Sascha Leidecker 2-OC, 3-SK, 6-CL; Anja Jensen 3-OC, 1-SK, 2-CL; Eva Grover 4-OC, 5-SK, 7-CL; Abby Kirk 5-OC, 12-SK, 16-CL; Kate Horowitz 7-OC, 16-SK, 17-CL; Luci Ludwig 9-OC, 14-CL; Melissa Murcko 15-OC, 21-SK, 24-CL; Bel Clayton 16-OC, 33-SK, 21-CL; Maya Lutz 21-OC, 26-SK, 25-CL; Elle Mann 23-OC, 14-SK, 12-CL; Sarah King-Nakaoka 26-OC, 24-SK, 29-CL; Quinn Closser 28-OC, 29-SK, 26-CL; Azia Mathieu 29-OC, 32-SK, 31-CL; Anneka Thompson 30-OC, 31-SK, 28-CL.
Boys’ U-14 (ages 12-13): Luke Dean 4-OC, 21-SK, 23-CL; Johnny Hagenbuch 10-OC, 4-SK, 12-CL; Joe Hall 15-OC, 25-SK, 20-CL; Aiden Burchmore 25-OC, 27-SK, 27-CL.
Girls’ U-14: Lily Brunelle 2-OC, 5-SK, 7-CL; Chloe Tanous 3-OC, 16-SK, 13-CL; Ella Wolter 4-OC, 8-SK, 4-CL; Jenna Nurge 6-OC, 11-SK, 14-CL; Katherine Estep 7-OC, 13-SK, 10-CL; Laine Allison 13-OC, 11-SK, 9-CL; Ellie Gorham 14-OC, 17-SK, 19-CL; Michaela Petty 16-OC, 19-SK, 18-CL; Sophia Kinney 27-SK, 27-CL; M Clayton 30-SK, 30-CL.