AVSC alpine skiers dominate downhill, super G races at Buttermilk
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ASPEN – Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club alpine skiers proved this past weekend that there’s no place like home, dominating the Smartwool Speed Series Downhill and Wilder Dwight Memorial Super G races at Buttermilk.
Travis Lundin won two downhills Saturday, on Tiehack’s Racer’s Edge, teammate Dean Travers finished second twice among J3s and six AVSC competitors finished in the top 10 in each race.
“Travis and Dean both went for it, and it was exciting to watch,” AVSC J3 coach Pat Callahan said.
Colby Lane and Ben Throm traded spots on the podium, with both logging third- and fourth-place finishes in their age groups. Brannen Haderle, 15, finished seventh and sixth, Meed Geary was eighth in the morning and Zach Kendrick wound up 10th in the afternoon.
On the girls side, AVSC’s Lilly McSwain won both of Saturday’s downhills, edging out teammate Julia Mueller-Ristine each time. Teammate Alexandra Pavon, 10th in the morning, regrouped to wind up fourth in the afternoon.
In Sunday’s boys Super G, which served as a J3 Junior Olympic qualifier for 13- and 14-year-olds, AVSC produced six of the top eight finishes. Lundin, Travers and Xon Baker finished first, second and third, respectively, among J3s. Teammates Ben Throm, Colby Lane ad Andrew Hancock wound up fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively.
Monday’s super G belonged to Ben Throm, who edged out teammates Lane (second), Travers (third) and Hancock (fourth) to capture the win.
While J2s McSwain, Keile Kropf and Mueller-Ristine finished first, fifth and sixth, respectively, in Sunday’s super G, Sonja Gagen (19th) logged the club’s top J3 result. Erin Spence was 22nd and Dairinn Bowers 26th out of 70 competitors.
Spence was 16th in Monday’s super G, while Gagen wound up 23rd and Nikki Cardamone was 27th.
AVSC skiers Carson Campisi and Andrew Tierney captured both slopestyle and overall points titles at Jan. 15-16’s devo freestyle event at Steamboat Springs’ Howelson Hill.
Campisi, 11, produced the highest women’s score in slopestyle with a run that included some stylish rails and a 360. Tierney, 12, edged out the rest of the J4 field largely because of a well-executed 720.
“Andrew added a nice tail tap on the rail while gapping it, which impressed the judges as well,” club devo head coach Lynn Merriam said.
Campisi’s and Tierney’s results highlighted what was a banner few days for AVSC. Here are some highlights:
• MacKenzie Miller kicked off the weekend with an 11th-place finish in the moguls. The 11-year-old landed her first 360 in competition in the process. She was also eighth in slopestyle.
• Stephanie Anglin finished fourth in her J5 age class on the moguls course.
• Eight-year-old Edie Sherlock finished second in moguls in her first competition.
• Twelve-year-old Davis Henschel narrowly missed out on a top-10 result in moguls, winding up 11th out of 35 J4s.
• Just two months after turning 9, J5 competitor Austin Hooker wound up 12th, while 8-year-old Ben Gieser took third.
• Henschel finished third among J4s in slopestyle. Teammates Cooper Campisi and Cassidy Jarrell were seventh and ninth, respectively.
Axel Livingston finished sixth among J5s.
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