Chris Hinkley posted the best finish of any Juneau Ski Club members at the West Region J3/J4 Junior Olympic Alpine Ski Championships held March 18-21 at Sun Valley Resort in Idaho.
Hinkley finished third overall in the J3 (born 1989-90) boys Super-G race held March 19, posting a single-run time of 1 minute, 0.26 seconds. He was 0.65 seconds behind the winner, Zach Collins of the Intermountain Division (northern Rockies).
Separate races were held for the J3 and J4 (born 1991-92) divisions. There were seven J3 boys from Alaska and three J4 boys, and there were six J3 girls and three J4 girls from Alaska. There were about six times as many skiers in the J3 races as there were in the J4 events.
In the boys J3 slalom race held March 21, Juneau's Tom Meiners took 45th place in a two-run time of 1:47.70 and Hinkley didn't finish his second run. In the boys J4 race, Brian Vandor of Juneau tied for sixth place with a time of 1:47.66.
The only Juneau girl in the J3 division, Gabrielle Wahto, didn't finish her first run of the girls giant slalom race held March 21. Her younger sister, Sophia Wahto, also didn't finish her first run in the J4 girls giant slalom race.
Hinkley was the top Juneau finisher in the J3 boys giant slalom race on March 20, finishing in 20th place with a two-run time of 1:57.82. Meiners finished 78th in 2:13.31. In the boys J4 giant slalom race, Vandor took 12th place in 2:07.78.
Gabrielle Wahto finished 45th in the J3 girls slalom race on March 20, posting a two-run time of 1:35.43. Sophia Wahto was disqualified in her first run of the J4 girls slalom race for missing the 38th gate.
Meiners finished 84th in the J3 boys Super-G race on March 19, posting a single-run time of 1:08.36. In the J4 boys Super-G race, Vandor took 14th place in 1:13.64.
Gabrielle Wahto took 43rd place in the J3 girls Super-G race with a time of 1:08.34. Sophia Wahto was sixth in the J4 girls race in 1:07.62.
In a Super-G training run held on March 18, Hinkley finished 16th among J3 boys in 1:07.52 while Meiners was 85th in 1:14.72. Vandor finished 12th in the J4 training run in 1:16.60.
In the girls Super-G training run, Gabrielle Wahto was 55th among J3 skiers in 1:15.88. Sophia Wahto was 15th in the J4 girls training run in 1:26.10.
Former Juneau resident leads way at J1/J2 Junior Olympics
Former Juneau Ski Club member Erika Horst posted two top-10 finishes in the West Region J1/J2 Junior Olympic Alpine Ski Championships held March 26-30 at Mount Bachelor near Bend, Ore.
Horst, who trains at Sugar Bowl near Squaw Valley, Calif., took fifth place in the girls slalom race on March 30 with a two-run time of 2 minutes, 0.18 seconds. She also took seventh place in the giant slalom race on March 29 in a two-run time of 2:24.82.
The meet featured the top young skiers (born 1985-88) from the West Region - including six girls and seven boys from Alaska, with two boys and two girls from Juneau. Former World Cup overall champion Phil Mahre was the technical delegate for the series of four races, while Juneau Ski Club race director Heidi Reifenstein served as referee for the girls slalom race.
In the girls slalom race, Juneau's Julia Nave took 43rd place in 2:19.37 and Juneau's Kristen Brandner didn't finish her first run.
In the girls giant slalom race, Brandner finished 49th in 2:39.32 and Nave didn't finish her first run.
In the Super-G race held March 27, Brandner finished 16th with a single-run time of 1:19.65 while Horst took 18th place in 1:19.76. Nave finished 48th in 1:23.91.
In the downhill race held March 26, Brandner took 18th place in a single-run time of 1:26.65 and Nave was 43rd in 1:33.21. Horst did not compete in the downhill race.
Mark Harmon was the top Juneau finisher in the boys downhill race, taking 29th place in 1:21.06. Zachary Young of Juneau took 71st place in 1:26.49.
In the boys Super-G race, Young took 76th place in 1:27.92 and Harmon didn't finish his run.
In the boys giant slalom race, Harmon finished 47th in a two-run time of 2:16.70 and Young was 63rd in 2:20.47.
None of the seven Alaska boys finished both runs of the slalom race, with Harmon and Young both falling or skiing off the course in the first run. Only 44 of the 96 skiers finished the race.
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