Sunlight skiers solid at J5 Championships |

Sunlight skiers solid at J5 Championships

MESA, Colorado ” Four young Sunlight Ski Team athletes competed in the Rocky Mountain Division’s J5 Championships at Powderhorn Resort last weekend.

Cooper Cornelius, 9, Quincy Dollanhan, 10, Tyler Dollahan, 8, and Devan McSwain, 8, all raced against the top 9- and 10-year-olds from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Minnesota. There were 89 boys and 71 girls vying for the top spots.

As a first-year J5, Cornelius came into Saturday’s giant slalom races with 13 straight podium finishes this season, including five first-place runs.

Cornelius continued the streak with a third-place finish in his first race. Unfortunately for Cornelius, the streak ended on his second giant slalom.

On a long, flat course, the 9-year-old was beaten by three skiers with numerous wins themselves. Two of his fellow competitors outweighed Cornelius by nearly 40 pounds each. Cornelius raced to fourth, missing the third spot by a fraction of a second.

Quincy Dollahan skied to her best finish with a 24th-place run in her first race and 25th in the second run.

Sunlight J6 racers (7-8) Tyler Dollahan and McSwain also joined the older racers on Saturday. Dollahan showed potential as he finished 48th in his first run and 53rd in his second race. McSwain also continued to show promise with her 37th- and 42nd-place finishes.

On Sunday, Cornelius was the sole Sunlight Ski Team racer competing in the final two slalom races. Cornelius raced his best slalom of the year and took second place in the first race.

Cornelius was having an equally fast second run, but had to hike back to a gate after crashing midway through the course.

The Sunlight Ski Team youngsters still have at least three more races before hanging up their skis for the season.

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