Aspen High skiers tackle GS at Highlands |

Aspen High skiers tackle GS at Highlands

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Lacey Newhard of the Aspen High School alpine ski team charges down the giant slalom course on the Red Onion run at Aspen Highlands on Friday. The Skiers hosted the annual Aspen Invitational with 120 prep alpine ski racers from across the state.
Dale Strode / The Aspen Times |

The Aspen Skiers know their way around the Red Onion.

The Aspen High School girls alpine ski team navigated through the giant-slalom racecourse on the Red Onion run Friday at Aspen Highlands, setting the pace at the annual Aspen Invitational prep race.

Ski racers from across Colorado gathered on a warm, sunny race day at Highlands, with nearly 120 skiers competing in girls and boys divisions of the two-run giant slalom.

The Aspen girls, led by fifth-place finisher Sophie Dasaro, placed four ski racers among the top eight and seven among the top 15 finishers.

Abby Davidson, of Battle Mountain High School, won the girls GS in a combined 2 minutes, 7.44 seconds.

Dani Moulton, of Summit, finished second at 2:10.57 with teammates Gisele Thompson third (2:11.15) and McKenzie Hart fourth (2:12.31).

Then, Dasaro led a string of four consecutive AHS finishers.

Dasarto was fifth in 2:12.88.

Teammate Quincy Dollhan was sixth in 2:13.60.

Dolores Sharaf, who doubles as a player on the AHS girls golf team, finished seventh in the home race in 2:13.97.

Pascale Augurger was eighth for the Skiers in 2:14.23.

The Skiers also placed Linzhi Douglas (12th), Nikki Blizzard (14th), Nikki Cardamone (15th) and Maggie McGuire (18th) in the top 20.

In addition, Juliet Woodrow and Lacey Newhard went 29-30 for the AHS girls.

Grace Ferguson was 35th.

Isabella Courtney-Morris was No. 38 for the Skiers, coached by Fordy Sinkinson.

Battle Mountain, located near Vail, dominated in the boys giant slalom at Aspen Highlands.

Sands Simonton, the defending state champion, led a 1-2-3-4 sweep for the Huskies.

Simonton won in 2:02.75.

Teammate Quintin Cook was second in 2:03.06.

Keenan Zopf finished third (2:05.68) with Victor Guilmineau fourth (2:07.35) for the Battle Mountain boys.

With David Stearns at No. 7, the Huskies took five of the top seven spots in the boys GS.

Kyle LaCouture led the Aspen boys with a 10th-place finish Friday (2:13.79).

David Mondry was next for Aspen at No. 12 (2:14.19).

Will Reagan finished No. 26 for the Skiers, and teammate Sydney Slossberg was 32nd.

The field of schools competing in Aspen during the weekend included Aspen, Battle Mountain, Clear Creek, Colorado Rocky Mountain School (Carbondale), Eagle Valley, Evergreen, Lake County (Leadville), Middle Park (Granby), Nederland, Platte Canyon, Ridge View Academy (Watkins), Steamboat Springs, Summit and Vail Mountain School.

The teams will gather at Ski Cooper near Leadville for the final regular-season slalom of the season Thursday.

The state skiing championships will be held Feb. 19 and 20 in Summit County. The alpine races will be at Keystone. The cross country races will be at the Frisco Nordic Center.

The Aspen Skiers are the reigning boys state ski champions in Colorado.

The AHS girls finished second in the state meet last year.

The Aspen boys have won seven state ski titles.

The AHS girls have won six state championships, the last one coming in 2012.

Summit leads both categories with 20 girls state titles and 18 boys state championships.

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