Local lands on podium at JOs | AspenTimes.com

Local lands on podium at JOs

Aspen Times Staff

Local nordic skier Scott Lacy finished second in a 5-kilometer freestyle race Friday at the Chevrolet Nordic Junior Olympics in Houghton, Michigan.

Lacy’s finish in the boy’s J2 race ” in 13 minutes, 49 seconds ” was the best individual result thus far for an Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club skier at this year’s Junior Olympics. The Aspen boy’s team won the national high school championship last year in Truckee, Calif., but trailed in the standings heading into Saturday’s concluding 3-by-3 kilometer relay race.

Lacy finished third in the J2 boy’s relay with two other skiers from the Rocky Mountain Region, although it was unknown how that result affected Aspen’s chances of a championship repeat. Official team results were not available Saturday.

In Friday’s J2 freestyle race, Lacy’s teammate Whit Parker finished 37th in 15:25. Parker was 38th (17:02) in Wednesday’s 5K classic, following Lacy who finished in 18th (16:16).

In the J1 boy’s division, 16-year-old Noah Hoffman was fifth in Friday’s 10K freestyle (27:22) after finishing 32nd (47:43) in Wednesday’s 15K classic. JI Ryan Waldron was also 41st (29:23) in Friday’s race and 52nd (49:35) Wednesday.

AVSC’s lone female at the Junior Olympics, J1 Laura Hatanaka, was 17th (15:16) in Friday’s 5K freestyle and 35th (39:03) in Wednesday’s 10K classic. Hatanaka also recorded a 12th-place finish in the girl’s J1 sprint competition on Monday. On the boy’s side, Lacy was 13th in the J2 sprint.

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