Glenwood’s Hartmann earns state slalom title |

Glenwood’s Hartmann earns state slalom title

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Mark Fox Summit Daily NewsAspen High's Kevin Hartmann rounds a gate en route to winning Friday's slalom at the Colorado High School State Ski Championships at Keystone.

KEYSTONE, Colorado – Leading after the first slalom run at Friday’s Colorado high school state skiing championships, Kevin Hartmann decided to apply a conservative approach to his second run.

“I didn’t want to push it too much,” the Glenwood Springs High School sophomore said by phone on Saturday. “I had a little bit of a lead. I was just trying to get down without falling and balance that with going fast.”

The strategy worked. Hartmann finished as the state’s slalom champ.

Hartmann, who skis for Aspen High School’s team, tackled Keystone Resort’s “Go Devil” run in 37.34 seconds on his first run. He clocked in at 38.84 seconds his second time down.

His combined time of 1:16.18 topped that of Battle Mountain’s Cooper Cartmill, who posted a combo mark of 1:16.95.

Hartmann finished 14th in Thursday’s state giant slalom competition, also held at Keystone. It was quite the weekend for the speedy skier.

“I’m really happy with it,” he said. “It’s really exciting to win this race.”

Next up for Hartmann, who also competes for Aspen Valley Ski Club, is a NorAm Cup race in Aspen this week. It’ll be his first NorAm event. Then it’s off to the March 3-10 J2 National Junior Olympics in Sugarloaf, Maine.

Junior Ludvig Ragnarsson scored a top-10 slalom finish for CRMS on the second day of the state Alpine championships on Friday.

Ragnarsson, who hails from Sweden, sped down Keystone Resort’s “Go Devil” run in 40.74 seconds on his first go-around. He timed in at 42.05 on his second try.

Joining Ragnarsson in the top 20 was teammate Ethan Cranmer, who clocked runs spanning 45.48 and 44.6 seconds.

Leading the CRMS girls was freshman Mackenzie Small, who had runs of 49.52 and 51.83 seconds. Justine Timms finished in 45th place and Kyra Gabow placed 48th.

Micah Evonitz, a Roaring Fork High School student who skis with Aspen, took third in Thursday’s state giant slalom race at Keystone.

Evonitz finished his first run in 1:09.82, following it up with a 1:12.9 clocking. He did not finish his second slalom run on Friday, taking 132nd overall.

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