Lamar paces AVSC racers at Steamboat
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club athletes took on the top collegiate racers from the Rocky Mountain Region at Steamboat.
Toby Lamar, Paul Britvar, Stephen Buzbee, Wiley Maple, Jericho Hajduk and Jenny Hearn competed in slalom and giant slalom at the FIS-U event Friday and Saturday. Lamar paced the team with a ninth in Friday’s slalom and a 10th in Saturday’s GS on a course that hadn’t been used for competition since the 70s.
“Toby has found his finishing form and he’s starting to really find his speed as well,” said AVSC alpine coach Casey Puckett.
Lamar’s goal for the season has been to make headway in the NorAm Cup standings. His results Friday and Saturday follow steady progress thus far. He finished 16th at a NorAm Cup race in December in New York against members of the U.S. Ski Team and was 14th in a slalom at a Rocky Mountain Trophy Series event in January.
Britvar, a J1 skier, finished 26th overall out of 85 racers in Friday’s slalom, but was the second-fastest racer his age class.
“He had a good result, but he’s got a lot more in him,” Puckett said.
Maple, a first-year J2 skier who is just 15, continued to impress his coaches. He finished first for his age class and 41st overall.
“Wiley’s the story right now,” Puckett said. “He came out of the gate [for his second run] with his poles dangling from his hands and proceeded to have a smoking run.
Puckett expects Maple to compete at the J2 National Championships.
“He’s got good speed and he’s skiing well in all four events,” Puckett said.
Buzbee is also on that short list of racers with a shot of selection to compete at nationals in the J2 division, Puckett said. After struggling in Friday’s slalom, he returned to form and bested his age class rivals to claim first place and 27th overall in the giant slalom on Saturday.
Hajduk finished 57th overall and 14th in the J1 division in slalom. Hearn was the lone female AVSC competitor. After failing to finish Friday’s giant slalom, she finished 43rd overall in Saturday’s slalom under the lights.
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