Hearn wins overall title
Gillian Hearn increased her alpine skiing race stock over the weekend by winning the girl’s overall title of the Rocky/Central Regional Championships.Held at Buttermilk March 12-15, the championships showcased the best skiers in the region over the age of 15. Hearn, 19, is participating in a post graduate year with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. She won the opening super G on Saturday and took first in Tuesday’s slalom by a staggering 2 seconds. “Today was a good race for Gillian, two seconds is a lot,” AVSC head ability coach Casey Puckett said Tuesday night. “It was a surprise really – slalom hasn’t always been her best event, but she decided to go fast today.” Her victory Tuesday handed her 30 points, which is key for attracting attention from the U.S. Ski Team. “When you get points under 30, the national team starts looking at you,” Puckett said. “She’ll be a junior for another year, and if she continues skiing like that, she will definitely get on the radar screen for the U.S. Ski Team.” Hearn beat out approximately 60 other racers in the girls’ field. Toby Lamar, also 19 and an AVSC racer, placed third in the slalom on Tuesday. There were 109 other boys competing. Last week, AVSC racers Alice Mckennis and Paul Britvar had impressive showings at the J2 Nationals – the best 15/16 year old racers in the country – in Sugarloaf, Me. Mckennis, 15, won silver in the super G and bronze in the giant slalom. “Alice was awesome,” Puckett said of the New Castle resident who started racing with AVSC this season. Britvar was fifth in the downhill, sixth in the slalom, and finished in the top-five overall. Puckett said Mckennis will probably race in the junior nationals later this season. Steve Benson’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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