Super season ending for AVSC skiers
Roaring Fork Series
March 30 Kombi
1. Kailey Murphy; 2. Stella Sherlock; 3. Tigist Cohen; 4. Jasper Johnson; 5. Katie Strickland; 6. Alexis Tarumianz; 7. Jasper Johnson; 8. Addie Welden; 9. Clea Welden; 10. Zala Smalls.
1. Allyson Cornelius; 2. Edie Sherlock; 3. Alexandra Englemann; 4. Taylor Laing; 5. Emily DeMoraes; 6. Avery Hirsch; 7. Tashi Jackson.
1. Margo McHugh; 2. Tate Randel; 3. Levyn Thomas; 4. Hailey Hoffman; 5. Isabella Johansson; 6. Samantha Kelly; 7. McKenna Kiker; 8. Ellie Oates; 9. Natalie Newhard; 10. Tatiana Pettit-Blair.
1. Jake Morgan; 2. Lags Simeone; 3. Turner Estock; 4. Kenny McPhee; 5. Eli Cohen; 6. Clayton Daniel; 7. Viggo Morgan; 8. Kade Schneider; 9. Vasar Tarumianz; 10. William Daniel.
1. Tyler Thomas; 2. Topher Davenport; 3. Tucker Sheldrake; 4. James Kelly; 5. Aidan Partch; 6. Sam McDermott; 7. Holden Johnson; 8. Tristan Silfverskiold; 9. Orion Adelman; 10. Garrett Voller.
1. Trey Thorpe; 2. Alexander Ilic; 3. Ethan DeMoraes; 4. Jonathon Simpson; 5. Reed Beidleman; 6. Gordon Davies; 7. William Laing.
Roaring Fork Series
1. Kailey Murphy; 2. Tigist Cohen; 3. Cate Simpson; 4. Stella Sherlock; 5. Jasper Johnson; 6. Ronnie Bedford; 7. Samantha Edelman; 8. Zala Smalls; 9. Danielle Nedlin; 10. Katie Strickland.
1. Allyson Cornelius; 2. Taylor Laing; 3. Summer McSwain; 4. Chiara Bassi; 5. Alexandra Englemann; 6. Emily DeMoreas; 7. Macy Hopkinson; 8. Julia Keswin; 9. Edie Sherlock; 10. Tashi Jackson.
1. Levyn Thomas; 2. Hailey Hoffman; 3. Elsie Clauss; 4. Liv Clauss; 5. Tate Randel; 6. Margo McHugh; 7. Samantha Kelly; 8. India Cardamone; 9. McKenna Kiker; 10. Skylar Adelman.
1. Jake Morgan; 2. (tie) Chase Kelly and Luca Grendene; 4. Turner Estock; 5. Eli Cohen; 6. Kenny McPhee; 7. Lags Simeone; 8. Sasha Forman; 9. (tie) Tommy Lizotte; 9. Sawyer Johnson.
1. Tyler Thomas; 2. Garrett Dollahan; 3. James Kelly; 4. Noah Forman; 5. Tucker Sheldrake; 6. Aidan Partch; 7. Holden Johnson; 8. Sean Patterson; 9. Topher Davenport; 10. Orion Adelman.
1. Trey Thorpe; 2. Jack Bowers; 3. Alexander Ilic; 4. Ethan DeMoreas; 5. Gordon Davies; 6. Reed Beidleman; 7. Myles Pember; 8. Jonathan Simpson; 9. William Laing; 10. Tucker Thomas.
The final Roaring Fork Series race of the season, a Kombi, was held Sunday at Aspen Highlands. Costumes were common, but the business of racing was still taken seriously.
Open to under-14, U12 and U10 skiers, the event, a combination of giant slalom and slalom gates, has become a season-ending tradition for athletes from Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club and Sunlight Winter Sports Club.
The day packed with racing, awards and a feast in AVSC’s backyard recognized individual age-class race winners as well as series victors. Kombi winners included Kailey Murphy, Allyson Cornelius, Margo McHugh, Jake Morgan, Tyler Thomas and Trey Thorpe.
Murphy, Cornelius, Morgan, Thomas, Thorpe and Levyn Thomas were the overall winners of their respective age groups.
For her outstanding achievements on the hill this year, “Kailey Murphy is the new host of Patty Bear,” AVSC head age class coach Alice Black said. The giant stuffed bear is given annually to the most promising AVSC athlete. Murphy, a U10, lives in Glenwood Springs.
Two days after the kids competed on a section of the Thunderbowl/Golden Horn course at Highlands, an elite field of U.S. Ski Team athletes, AVSC skiers and other FIS athletes raced in a unique two-run downhill on Highlands’ front face.
U.S. Ski Team veteran Steven Nyman won the inaugural race in a field packed with five Olympians, including silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht. Also competing in the event at Highlands was Luke Prosence of Glenwood Springs, who finished 27th. Abby Murer of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail was the women’s downhill winner.
“There are very few sprint downhills in the world,” said Walt Evans, director of excellence for AVSC. “What an opportunity with this great field and great hill to provide these races,” he said.
There’s one more sprint downhill scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. today. Super-G races begin Friday and will conclude the race season at Highlands.
In Park City, Utah, Cooper Cornelius of Glenwood Springs continued his spring hot streak by finishing ninth in slalom Sunday at the U16 Nationals. Tristan Lane of El Jebel won the race.
Fellow AVSC U16 skier Dexter Edelman, who finished eighth, joined the men in the top-10. Edelman repeated his placing in the giant slalom.
Devan McSwain of Glenwood Springs, one of the youngest athletes in the field, finished 23rd in the slalom race that was deep with nationally ranked talent.
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As the heat of the summer gives way to cooler mornings, summer trail race opportunities are slowly coming to an end.