Denton leads Juneau skiers at Western Region meet at Mammoth Mountain

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2002

Heidi Denton was the top Juneau skier in several U.S. Ski And Snowboard Association Western Region FIS Tech races this week at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. The race series started on Sunday and concludes with a women's giant slalom and a men's slalom race today.

Denton, a member of the Juneau Ski Club and a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, posted two 13th-place finishes to lead the four skiers from Juneau. The other Juneau skiers are current Juneau Ski Club members J.C. Grochow and Richard Isett and former JSC member Brandon Horst, who now skis for a private school at Sugar Bowl Ski Area in California.

In Sunday's women's giant slalom race, Denton took 13th place with a two-run time of 2 minutes, 21.53 seconds. Pavla Raclavska of the Czech Republic won the race in 2:12.99. Only 26 of the 53 women finished the race.

Denton wasn't able to finish her first run in Monday's giant slalom race, which was won by American Anna Kelly in 2:14.53. But she rebounded to take another 13th place in Tuesday's slalom race, posting a two-run time of 1:46.50. Maria Kvopkova of Slovakia won the race in 1:36.04.

In Wednesday's slalom race, Denton took 29th place in 1:53.71 in a race won by Petra Svet of Slovenia in 1:41.73. Denton took 27th place in Thursday's slalom race with a time of 1:36.66, with the race won by American Mia Cullman in 1:25.00. Results were not available for today's giant slalom race.

Among the men, Horst had the top finish in Sunday's slalom race, taking 42nd place with a two-run time of 1:58.16. Grochow took 44th place in 1:59.06 and Isett was 50th in 2:14.52. American Todd Ligare won the race in 1:40.20, and only 50 of the 95 starters finished the race.

In Monday's slalom race, Grochow took 46th in 2:08.63 and Isett was 48th in 2:17.97, while Horst didn't finish his first run. Ligare won the race in 1:38.32. In Tuesday's giant slalom race, Horst took 54th place in 2:09.81, Isett was 64th in 2:12.85 and Grochow was 77th in 2:22.05. Rune Nielsen of Norway won in 1:56.53.

None of the three Juneau men finished Wednesday's giant slalom race, with Grochow going out in the first run while Isett and Horst didn't finish the second run. Nielsen won in 2:00.46. Nielsen also won Thursday's giant slalom race in 2:22.16, with Horst taking 71st place in 2:42.94, Grochow 80th in 2:51.06 and Isett not finishing the second run. Results were not available for today's slalom race.

In other Lower 48 action involving a Juneau skier, Sarah Fischer posted her best giant slalom results of the season Wednesday in a FIS Nor-Am Chevy Trucks Super-Series race at Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont. The giant slalom has been her weakest event, said Betsy Fischer, Sarah's mother. Wednesday's race concluded the U.S. portion of the Nor-Am series, which is an international series for skiers a step below the World Cup.

Fischer, who now skis for the Park City (Utah) Ski Team, finished 32nd after hitting the slopes in the 69th starting position. Fischer moved up to 44th place in her first run and was 32nd after her second run, posting a two-run time of 3:07.51. Gail Kelly of Canada won the race in 2:54.95.

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