Gregorak, Ghent lead locals at Beaver Creek downhill |

Gregorak, Ghent lead locals at Beaver Creek downhill

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail's Will Gregorak, center, and John Kemp, right, finished first and second, respectively, among juniors in a Colorado Ski Cup downhill Saturday at Beaver Creek.

BEAVER CREEK Will Gregorak credits the skis, but theres somebody steering them downhill.Gregorak, the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athlete, was fourth in Saturdays Colorado Ski Cup downhill at Beaver Creek and second among junior racers.It ended up pretty decent, Gregorak said. I skied well at the top. For my intervals, I was second for the top and middle flats, so I had some pretty fast skis that were running well.In Wednesdays super-G, Gregorak was fourth and also second among juniors.I was really happy with the super-G, he said. I felt like I could have skied better, but Ive had good scoring results in both (the super-G and downhill).Jason McNeil won Saturdays race, making him three-for-three this week he won both super-G races.He owns this hill, Gregorak said.SSCVs John Kemp, a first-year J1 like Gregorak, was fifth and third among juniors, while teammate Nathan Asoian was 10th. Iced Out Racings Hunter Schleper was 22nd and first among J2s, with teammates Kieffer Christianson (31st), Cooper Cartmill (34th), and Kitt Flowers (36th) rounding out the top four J2 spots.Racers had to do with only one day of downhill training as Fridays training was canceled due to heavy snowfall.After another downhill on Sunday, many of the racers will head to Italy for technical races.On the ladies side, SSCVs Erika Ghent was the top local finisher, in fourth. The SSCV J2 ladies dominated, taking the top four spots and in the top 11 overall.Delainey Ackerman, who had the third-fastest training run, was sixth, followed by Whitney Setterberg in seventh, Abby Ghent in eighth and Jessa Bardin in 11th. Alice Ralston (14th) and Julia Keeler (19th) were also in the top 20.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or

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