Nave leads JSC skiers at Alyeska

Former Juneau skier wins girls slalom

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2005

Former Juneau skier Kristen Brandner took first place, and current Juneau Ski Club member Julia Nave finished fourth overall at the Kensington Gold Mine Cup girls slalom race held Saturday at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

In the boys slalom, Alyeska Ski Club member Nick Therrien won the event, while Pat Shanley was the top Juneau finisher in ninth place.

The race was originally scheduled to take place at Eaglecrest Ski Area last month, but poor snow conditions in Juneau at that time forced its postponement and relocation. The Kensington Gold Mine Series was due to continue with a giant slalom run on Sunday, though results were not available.

The races are part of Alaska's Junior Olympics alpine ski qualifying series.

After training today and Tuesday, skiing is scheduled to resume Wednesday with a pair of Alyeska Cup downhill races, followed by super-G races - one Alyeska, one Kensington - on Thursday and two additional Alyeska Cup races next weekend.

In Saturday's Kensington slalom, Brandner, who now competes for Alyeska Ski Club, posted a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 23.71 seconds to top the 40-skier girls slalom field. She won the second run with a time of 40.10 seconds.

Nave posted a combined time of 1:25.15, and won the first run in 43.19. Other JSC skiers completing the race included Gabrielle Wahto (ninth, combined time 1:29.76), Lucy Squibb (10th, 1:29.87), Sophia Wahto (26th, 1:43.98), Sara Cohen (30th, 1:46.82), Stephanie Logan (35th, 2:03.12) and Heather Hoffman (36th, 2:10.80).

Juneau's K.C. Kent started but did not finish her first run, and Kayla Harmon started but did not finish her second run.

In the boys race, Therrien posted a combined time of 1:14.00 to lead the 49-skier field, and won the first run in 34.33. ASC skier Lucas Tanaka won the second run in 38.50 and finished third overall.

Shanley, the top JSC finisher, was ninth overall in 1:23.85. Other JSC skiers finishing the event included Zachary Young (16th, 1:29.48), Tom Meiners (24th, 1:37.72), Brian Vandor (34th, 1:53.79) and Matthew Vandor (36th, 2:08.28).

Juneau's Alexander Erickson started but did not finish his first run. Juneau skiers Ezekiel Rohloff, Tatsu Monkman, Peter Erickson, Peter Nave and Nathan Ord were disqualified on the first run for missing gates.

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