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Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. Ski & Snowboard Club Vails Will Gregorak led a group of local ski racers at an International Ski Federation slalom race at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., Tuesday, placing sixth in a deep field.Gregorak, a first-year J1 skier, was in 11th after the first run, but had the fastest second run to finish in 1 minute, 28.65 seconds, less than a second off the winning mark set by U.S. Development Team skier Andrew Phillips. Iced Out Racings Hunter Schleper, a J2, came in 10th at 1:29.38. Both Gregorak and Schleper were in the top three for juniors.Iced Out Racings Kitt Flowers was 48th at 1:37.53, while former World Cup overall champion Phil Mahre took 55th at 1:39.23.Gregoraks result of 20 points should drop his slalom points even lower.It was kind of like at Beaver Creek. I skied pretty conservative in my first run, but then won my second run, he said.Sunday, at a Colorado Ski Cup slalom at Beaver Creek, Gregorak catapulted into second from tenth in his final run. Schleper, who was the top local finisher in Mondays slalom at Mammoth in 15th, had two good runs Tuesday.I could have done a little better, but it was decent, he said.In the womens race, SSCVs Erika Ghent took seventh behind six U.S. Ski Team racers. Eagles Kirsten Cooper, a U.S. Development Team skier, was sixth. It was good to be racing with them again, Ghent said of the bevy of U.S. Team skiers.This spring, Ghent had initially planned on returning to school at the University of Denver she took winter off to ski but decided to hit the slopes for races instead.I think it was a good decision for my athletic career, she said. You can only be an athlete for so long.SSCVs Delainey Ackerman was 34th, with teammate Alice Ralston 41st. Ackerman was 25th in Mondays giant slalom, while Ralston was 27th.The races continue today with a mens giant slalom and womens slalom.

WINTER PARK, Colorado In a pair of Colorado Ski Cup super-G races Monday at Winter Park, Ski & Snowboard Club Vails Nathan Asoian took first and third. SSCVs Bryan Shpall was sixth and 12th, while teammate Wyatt McKibben took ninth in one of the races. Iced Out Racings Kieffer Christianson was 13th in the morning super-G.On the ladies side, SSCVs Abby Ghent, a J2, led the way. Ghent was second in the afternoon super-G, and eighth in the morning. Fellow SSCV and J2 skier Mary Sackbauer was 11th and 12th in the races.

COPPER, Colorado At the United States of America Snowboarding Association nationals last weekend in Copper, Ski & Snowbaord Club Vails Faye Gulini won the womens boardercross, took fourth in the halfipe and was third in freestyle.SSCV qualified 26 athletes for the event. Rose Ravesky was fifth in the freestyle and fifth overall. Ryan Wachendorfer had a phenomenal week, finishing first overall in alpine an third overall in all disciplines. Wachendorfer was seventh in the boardercross, first in the slalom and second in the giant slalom. A.J. Muff won the overall for alpine in his division, was first in slalom and second in giant slalom. Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.


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