Fischer fourth in Howard Dean Memorial slalom

Juneau's Denton, Kunibe, Horst also among 15 Alaskans at Sun Valley, Idaho, race series

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2002

Sarah Fischer of Juneau took fourth place Sunday in the Howard Dean Memorial slalom race held at Sun Valley, Idaho.

Sunday's race concluded a week-long series of races that were part of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association's Western Region/FIS Spring Series. Many of the skiers competing in the races are athletes in their late teens and early 20s competing at the level just below the World Cup.

Fischer posted a two-run time of 1 minute, 51.62 seconds for Sunday's race, which was won by American skier Katie Lyons in 1:48.44. Fischer's performance Sunday was the best of the week by an Alaska skier.

Fischer was one of nine Alaska women competing in the event, which also featured Juneau's Heidi Denton in 34th place (2:05.19) and Akemi Kunibe in 48th (2:26.59). Juneau Ski Club assistant coach Heidi Reifenstein served as an official for many of the races during the series.

In the men's races in the series there were six Alaska skiers competing, including Brandon Horst of Juneau, who is now attending a Sugar Bowl Ski Academy in Sugar Bowl, Calif.

Kate Bragg of Girdwood took eighth place on Sunday to lead the other Alaska women, Anchorage's Lacy Saugstad was 39th and Girdwood's Nellie Love finished 45th. Morgan Gose of Anchorage didn't start the race's first run, University of Alaska Anchorage skier Julie-Pierre LeClerq didn't finish the first run and Anchorage's Suki Horton didn't start the second run.

In a slalom race held on Saturday, Denton was the top Alaska finisher in 43rd place (2:10.20) and Kunibe was 51st (2:14.32), while Fischer did not finish her second run. Petra Svet of Slovenia won in 1:45.43. Gose, Saugstad, Bragg, LeClerq and Horton all didn't finish their first runs, while Love's name wasn't in the results.

In a giant slalom race held on Friday, Fischer took 17th place in a two-run time of 1:50.96, while Denton took 26th place in 1:53.95 and Kunibe was 65th in 2:05.43. Canada's Jessica Dakers won the race in 1:45.93. Saugstad took 13th place, Bragg was 16th, Horton was 24th, LeClerq finished 27th and Love took 68th place, while Gose didn't finish her second run.

In Thursday's giant slalom race, Fischer finished in 15th place with a two-run time of 1:45.22, with Denton 45th in 1:50.98 and Kunibe a DNF in her second run. American Gretchen Glaser won the race with a two-run time of 1:40.24. Saugstad took 14th place, Horton was 16th, LeClerq took 26th, Bragg was 34th and Love finished 70th, while Gose was a first-run DNF.

Fischer finished 20th in a Super G race held last Wednesday, posting a time of 1:05.43 for the single-run race. Denton finished 54th in 1:08.74 and Kunibe was 66th in 1:10.41. The race was won by American Keely Blair Kelleher in 1:02.66. Horton was the top Alaskan in eighth place, with Bragg 15th, Saugstad 25th and Love 70th, with Gose a DNF.

In the first women's race of the series, a Super G held April 2, Fischer finished 12th in 1:05.09, while Denton was 42nd in 1:09.21 and Kunibe took 53rd in 1:10.99. Canadian skier Christina Risler won the race in 1:01.26. Horton was the top Alaskan in fifth place, while Saugstad took 14th, Bragg was 15th, Love was 51st and Gose was a DNF.

In the men's races in the series, there were six Alaska skiers competing including Brandon Horst of Juneau, who is now attending a Sugar Bowl Ski Academy in Sugar Bowl, Calif.

In Sunday's final slalom race, Horst finished 44th in a two-run time of 2:00.35. The race was won by Canadian Martin Tichy in 1:43.16. Andreas Neuhauser of UAA finished ninth and Garrett Russell of Anchorage took 61st. Rory Casey of Anchorage and Thomas Jantunen of UAA didn't finish their second runs, and Charles Christianson of Anchorage didn't start the race.

In Saturday's slalom, also won by Tichy in 1:53.53, Horst was a DNF on his second run. Neuhauser took 14th place and Casey was 57th, Jantunen was a DNF on his first run, Russell was a DNF on his second run and Christianson was a DNS.

In Friday's giant slalom race, won by American Brett Fischer in 2:08.61, Horst was a DNF on his second run. Russell was the top Alaska finisher in 80th place and Casey finished 83rd, Christianson was a DNS, Neuhauser was a DNF on his first run and Jantunen was a DNF on his second run.

Fischer also won Thursday's GS race, posting a time of 2:05.19, and Horst was a DNF on his first run. Neuhauser finished 26th, Jantunen was 71st, Casey finished 99th and Russell took 104th, while Christianson was a DNF on his second run.

Horst finished 68th in last Wednesday's Super G, posting a single-run time of 1:35.26 in a race won by American Jeffrey M. Harrison in 1:26.28. Christianson tied for 44th place and Russell was 87th, while Casey was a DNF and neither UAA skier appeared in the results.

The series opened on April 2 with a Super G won by Fischer in 1:19.17, with Horst finishing in 81st place at 1:28.14. Christianson finished in 22nd place, Casey tied for 79th place and Russell finished 106th, with neither UAA skier showing in the results.

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