SSCV shows who’s who at Breck GS
BRECKENRIDGE – Young skiers from Ski and Snowboard Club Vail dominated the competition Sunday during giant slalom racing at Breckenridge. The club’s 14-and-unders won eight of the 12 Age Class Open races against Team Summit and Quantum Sport Club.
SSCV’s only J5 girl, Eva Spaeh, swept the field in the morning and afternoon races, winning the morning race by over two seconds. In the J4 class, Abby Ghent won both morning and afternoon with Lizzie Seibert and Marisa Ammaturo nipping at her heels, each earning a silver. Sammie Watson finished fifth and fourth, with Kaytlyn Samuelson, Mary Sackbauer, Kim Newton and Shanna Zoch rounding out the top-10 in both races. Tasha Wyatt finished 11th and 12th.Last week, J3 racer Christa Ghent earned a spot to represent the United States in a prestigious international children’s race in Italy. She earned two silvers Sunday in Breckenridge. Whitney Setterberg was fifth for J3s, Delainey Ackerman sixth, and Jamie Lee Roberts and Tori Lockwood rounded out the top-10 in both runs. Jocelyn Irwin came back with a 10th place in the afternoon after taking a fall on the first run. Jill Garel and Ashley Atkinson each scored in the top-15 and Gabriella Hecht, in her first year of racing, finished 18th in the morning.
On the boys side, J5 Alex Leever and Thomas Grant finished second and third respectively in the morning, with Dylan Alverez popping into second in the afternoon. Thomas Walsh finished fifth and sixth, Winston Heuga finished sixth and seventh, and newcomer Nick Santaniello finished eighth. Scotty Houtsma earned a top-10 in his first Age Class Open and Van Wright snuck into 10th place on the second race after nearly missing in 11th in the first run. Connor Thomas finished 16th and 14th.J4 boys proved successful with Cooper Cartmill winning gold in both races, the second race by over a second. Cannon O’Brien moved up from an eighth-place finish in the first race to fourth in the afternoon. Andreas Calabrese moved from ninth in the morning to winning bronze in the second race. Sean McCormick won fourth in the morning and seventh in the afternoon. Ross Hallenbeck went from 11th in the morning to sixth in the afternoon. Danny Graebel finished 10th in the second race. Charlie Barry earned a personal best in 15th, John McKenna was 16th and Clayton Vitek finished 29th.
The J3 Boys class was led by Hunter Schleper, who also earned a spot in the race in Italy. He won the second race by more than a second. Brian Dorfman and Frazier Cavness both took fourth and Kitt Flowers finished fifth and sixth. Pete Moore earned a pair of eighths and Andrew Cryer was ninth. Dave Grabel was 11th and 10th and Matt Schovee finished 11th in the afternoon. Taylor Wettlaufer finished 12th in both races, with Axel Spaeh following in 13th. Connor Klein was 13th and 16th, Blaze Heuga earned 18th and 20th, and Hayden Fitzpatrick, Elliott Brenner, Wesley Shifrin, Taylor Grandchamp and Alejandro Katz rounded out the top-30.The J3s and J4s race super-G in Aspen this weekend for their next Age Class Open.Vail Colorado