"The potential for greatness lives within each of us." --Wilma Rudolph, former Olympic medalist track and field
It's been a long season and the hard work and tremendous commitment by all is producing exceptional performances and remarkable results. Last weekend we had athletes at Stevens Pass, Bridger Bowl and Mt hood Meadows. In all cases MHSEF brought home GOLD!
First and foremost a very big SHOUT OUT to Chase Ganim and Luke Winters, both receiving gold medals at the J3 Junior Olympics in Montana. Two gold medals from one club in Oregon is remarkable. Luke won gold in the SuperG, he also placed in 24th in the GS and 9th in the Slalom (2nd overall). Chase received the OVERALL GOLD for his overall and all around awesome performance in all three disciplines, 4th in the SuperG, 14th in the GS and 10th in the Slalom. These are incredible accomplishments, racing against the top competitors from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Montana and Wyoming. Cody Winters charging as hard as ever had some awesome performances and from what I hear some incredible Cody saves that as always produced great video and lots of ooohs and awes. He was 33rd in the SuperG and 20th in the GS. Nate Gunesch found his speed at the qualifier and continued to put in solid performances. He was the top first year J3 in the SuperG placing 14th and was a solid 26th in the GS.
For the Girls, this was their first shot at the big show and put in big effort. Ashley had great performances, 27th in the SuperG, a top medal spot in the GS with an 8th resulting from 2 smoking runs and 45th in the Slalom. Oriana, running a rough Super G, lost a ski on the bumpy pitch. Seeing all the good skiers, Oriana stepped up her skiing and was having a good 2nd run in SL, but unfortunately shot out of the course part-way down.
On to Stevens Pass and the Dasani Evergreen Cup, the conditions were northwest wintery……
It had snowed at Stevens Pass 5 ft over the 3 days leading up to the race, so conditions were soft for racing but super powder for spectators. The SuperG was reasonably smooth, but soft with very flat light. Regardless our athletes performed. Allie Spadaro was 3rd overall and the 1st J2 girl, Meera was 10th and Hailey Kern 18th out of 30 competitors.
For the boys, Roy aka “Grant Hamlin” was 2nd overall and the first J2 boys, Marc Lodmell was 4th and the 2nd J1, Hunter was 16th, Jay 24th and Brandon 27 out of a field of 31. Jay and Brandon as first year J3’s were definitely the smallest dudes in the field and the long flats didn’t help them out….
GS was described as deep and bumpy, racing through a bump field, rut’s that were more troughs or chasms. However as Coach Curtis says, “MHA, the TOUGHEST”. Allie was 2nd overall, Meera 17th and Hailey threw both shoes. For the men, Marc was 7th, Hunter was 13th and Brandon finished with a 23rd. Grant, Jay and Jack all DNF’d and got to experience a little extra POW.
For the final day, Hailey had a super awesome performance with a 3rd overall in the slalom, "MHA the toughest!" Allie continued her strong weekend and was 2nd after the first run but crashed on nearly the last gate. Coach Jim said Meera had the fastest run of her life in the first run, but ended up having to hike a bit and second run straddled.
For the boys, Marc had a smoking first run and was 2nd overall. Jack Knudson skied 2 solid runs and placed 7th only closely followed by Hunter placing 8th and the first J3. Grant went out the first run, but rumor has it that he had the sweetest 90’ gap jump.
And for the little guys, their Mt Hood Race Team Dominance continues at Mt Hood Meadows. The J6’s put in solid performances. Mackenzie took another trip to the podium with a 3rd and first year Brekkan Richardson was 29th in the largest field of the day. For the J6 boys, we put 4 in the top 10 led by Colin Hanna in 3rd, Levi Brown in 5th, Alex Rogers in 7thand Jackson Currier in 8th. Additional fine performances by Lance Stuck 11th, Remy Bourgalt 13th, Jack Braun 19th , Alou De Chard 24th and Mason Achord 24th.
The J5’s. Our ladies faired well with Jenna Achord placing 12th and Sarah Gentry 14th. The boys put 5 in the top 10. Gianni laid down two smoking fast runs to place 1st and the fastest time out of all boys. Completing the podium, Ty Glumbik was 2nd and Zak Clairmont was 3rd. They were closely followed by Brant Campanian 5th, Tucker Hoffman 9th and Campbell Brown 12th.
The J4’s. The boys swept first through fifth. Aiden Kearny had an amazing day placing 1st. Way to go! In this incredibly competitive MHRT race, Aiden was followed by Jakobe Green (2nd), Ian Hanna (3rd), Zen Clairmont (4th) and Jasper Dirks (5th). Returning from injury, Trey Cox finished 11th. Our lone J4 girl, Kelby Richardson placed 4th and our only J3 girl in this race,Kendra Jackson took home a first.
With only a few races left we are closing in on the 2011/12 race season. Good luck to the Buddy's team this weekend and the J3's who will be competing for the PNSA J3 title at Alpental. Also, for those interested there is one remaining Mitey Mite race, the May Day at Bachelor April 20-22, this is not an official MHSEF race, but many families attend. Details can be found at www.mbsef.org.
Don't forget the end of year party and awards banquet April 29th.
"It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself." - Muhammed Ali