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Huskies’ Ghent wins Beaver Creek slalom

Ian Cropp

BEAVER CREEK – There’s no place like home for Christa Ghent. The Battle Mountain skier, who also competes for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, took first in the girls’ slalom at Beaver Creek Friday.”It was really fun,” said Ghent, who placed third in last week’s GS at Loveland. “I love slalom, but super-G is my favorite, though.”Ghent sure looked impressive skiing on Bear Trap, though, taking a 112-second lead into her second run, easily retaining first place.Vail Mountain’s Georgia Wettlaugher, who also skis for SSCV, put together two solid runs to finish in fifth place.”It’s fun to come out here and race high school,” Wettlaugher said. “I try to make it to as many races to support my school.”Other top finishers include Jamie Lee Roberts of Battle Mountain, Nicole Luczkow of Eagle Valley and Joely Denkinger of Vail Mountain.Full official results were not made available after the race.The first course set had gates spread out a bit more than the second.”It was really turny, but it wasn’t that bad,” Wettlaugher said of the first run. “The second was more of a ripper.”Seeman grabs 10thAfter cracking the top 10 in his first run, Vail Mountain’s Mick Seeman held on in his second run for a 10th-place finish.”On the first run, I finally broke that barrier and was 10th,” Seeman said. “The second run was too tight. I completely stopped at the top.”Many racers had trouble on the second course set and come to stops, or had to hike back up the course.Two placed behind Seeman was his good friend, Wilder Heuga. Both Seeman and Heuga though the course was challenging, but they didn’t let the conditions bother them much.You can’t give up on it,” Heuga said. “A lot of people (stopped). If you kept going, though, you’d get a good score.”Eagle Valley’s top finisher, Cody Coulter, had been on Bear Trap before in such conditions.”We practiced on it yesterday, and it got all rutted out, so we were kind of used to it,” Coulter said.After next week’s giant slalom race in Aspen, the skiers will be at Vail’s Golden Peak for a slalom race.”I can’t wait to race up at Golden Peak,” Seeman said.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or icropp@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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