SSCV kids take to the podium |

SSCV kids take to the podium

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Special to the Daily Podium finishers for the race are Kim Newton, first, far left, Kaytlyn Samuelson, second, second from left, and Eva Spaeh, third, third from left.

LOVELAND – On a blustery cold and snowy day recently, more than 200 girls and boys, ages 14 and younger skied in the first USSA age class race of the season. In these two giant slalom races at Loveland Valley, the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Age Class kids, stepped it up. These young athletes showed everyone, the kind of team they really are. Young ski racers competing hailed from ski area race teams such as Winter Park, Loveland, Eldora, and Purgatory. All together in all three age categories, SSCV gathered 16 podium places. In the J5 age group for the girls, Kendall VanHee took first and second place. Her second run she had a time of 49.71 seconds. The boys’ leader was Alex Leever who won both races. Only nine-hundreds of a second separated third-place winner Nick Santaniello. Leever’s time was a 48.30 on the second run and Santaniello’s was a close 48.39.

Right on his heels was Van Wright in forth, with a time of 48.42.O Other J5 racers were Scott Houtsma with a best result of sixth place, Connor Thomas 24th, Graham Houtsma 28th.Katie Talbot showed a result of fifth place. Sisters Molly and Meagan McGrew came in sixth and seventh, respectively in the first race. Sasha Horn placed ninth. Leah Newton finished 11th and Erika McCormick placed 14th. Courtney Thomas was 23rd.J4s

In the J4 age group -11 and 12 year olds – Kaytlyn Samuelson and Kim Newton battled it our for first and second, then swapped places on the second run. On the first run Samuelson ran the GS course in 45.90 seconds and Newton in 46.39. The second course, Newton led with 46.65, closely followed by Samuelson with 46.65. In third place first year J4 racer Eva Spaeh, with a time of 47.12 seconds. Other contenders were Anna Talbot, whose best run was fourth, Celine Guilmineau, sixth, Katharine Irwin seventh, Sara Ghent, eighth, Abby Dorfman 14th, Morgan Houtsma 15th and Vienna Vitek 24th. For the boys, Danny Graebel took two silver medals and John McKenna the bronze for the second run. Another close contender was Nick Braun with a best place in forth position. Thomas Walsh was fifth, Christoph Niederhauser ninth, Kyle Koenig eighth on the second run, Dylan Alverez, a first-year J4, 12th, Sean McCormick 17th, Winston Heuga 18th, followed by Sam Mobley in 19th.

J3sIn the J3 age group, girls, Whitney Setterberg blasted a time of 42.19 and dominated with a first- and second-place finish, while Tori Lockwood came in third. Other best place finishes were: Abby Ghent, a first-year J3, in 7th place, followed closely by Lizzie Seibert in eighth. Marissa Ammaturo got ninth place, Mary Sackbauer 10th, Ashley Atkinson 11th, Meagan O’Connor 14th and Shana Zoch 16th. For the boys, Kitt Flowers beat out Cody Unicume longtime racing friend and rival in competition. Flowers’ best time was a 40.99 and Unicome’s a 41.20 on the second run. Cooper Cartmill, a first-year J3 had a personal best run, a 5th place, Connor Klein was sixth, Andreas Calebrese seventh, Clayton Vitek 10th on the first run, JD Mobley 10th on the second run, Cannon O’Brian 11th, Erik Ghent 14th and Wesley Shiffrin 15th.Next the kids will race in the Beaver Creek Age Class Slalom on Feb. 5.Next the kids will race in the Beaver Creek Age Class Slalom on Feb. 5.Vail, Colorado

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