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Junior 5s ready to shine at Glenwood’s Sunlight today

Daily Staff Writer

It all comes down to this.

This weekend at Sunlight in Glenwood Springs, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s youngest competitive racers will vie for bragging rights against the region’s other junior speedsters in the Junior 5 season finale.

Vail’s J5s – United States Ski and Snowboard Association competitors who range in age from 7-10 – will kick off the weekend with a giant slalom today, followed by a slalom race tomorrow. This is the second year in a row that the J5 finale has been held in Sunlight.

“The team of 14 kids have been training hard and are very well prepared for this final event,” said Head J5 Coach Rika Moore.

The young speedsters representing the SSCV girls contingent are: Abby Dorfman, Morgan Houtsma, Katharine Irwin, Kaytlyn Samuelson and Eva Spaeh.

Competing on the boys side will be Dylan Alvarez, Dan Graebel, Luke Graebel, Winston Heuga, Scott Houtsma, Alex Leever, Kyle Koenig, Sean McCormick and Thomas Walsh.

J3 Junior Olympics

While the J5s have been getting ready to hit the slopes today in Glenwood, SSCV’s J3s have already put in a full week of work at the USSA Regional Junior Olympics in Winter Park.

The J3 boys didn’t bring their lunch pales to the mountain for Tuesday’s downhill, just their fast skis as five of the six racers from the SSCV squad finished in the top 40 in a field of 80.

Andrew Flowers was the fastest SSCV competitor of the day, ending up in third with a time of 57.12 seconds.

DJ Van Curan finished in 28th place at 59.66, Mitchell Hendrix was 33rd with a time of 1:00.4, Frazier Cavness was 37th at 1:00.45 and Bryan Shpall came in 39th after running a time of 1:00.47.

In the women’s portion of Tuesday’s downhill, SSCV had three skiers in the top 40 – Polly Babcock, Christa Ghent and Kelly Van Hee.

Babcock was the fastest of the trio finishing in 16th place at 1:00.98, followed right behind by Ghent who was 17th at 1:01.14.

Van Hee finished 37th after clocking in at 1:04.47.

On Wednesday both boys and girls competed in super-G, but it was the SSCV ladies who shined.

Babcock and Ghent finished right next to each other for the second day in a row, grabbing fourth place and fifth place, respectively. Babcock’s final time was 1:05.27, while Ghent just a smidgen off her pace at 1:05.30.

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