Mitrani, Bretz come up big at U.S. Grand Prix
Another busy week for Mammoth Ski and Snowboard teams
Mammoth skiers and snowboarders showed a little bit of everything this past week.
There was cross-country skiing among the high schoolers, freeriding, pro snow cross in Germany and, of course, the USSA Grand Prix in Utah, where Mammoth favorites Luke Mitrani and Greg Bretz stomped their way to third- and fourth-place finishes.
Results are as follows:
Feb. 1: USSA Grand Prix, Park City, Utah
Olympic champion Shaun White led a USA sweep in the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort. Olympic bronze medalist Scotty Lago (Seabrook, N.H.) was second and Mammoth Team riders Luke Mitrani and Greg Bretz were third and fourth in the FIS World Cup.
Chinese rider Jiayu Liu took the women’s title over FIS World Champion Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) with Kaitlyn Farrington (Sun Valley) third. Mammoth Team rider Kelly Clark struggled in her two runs, crashing both times.
The finishes for Mitrani and Gold were enough to clinch the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix season title, along with the U.S. Championship crown, plus a payday of $20,000 for the series win.
Feb. 1: CNISSF High School Ski and Snowboard Slalom Races, Mammoth Mountain
Sierra Gilfoy finished in first place for both races in the women’s ski field, and her teammates Kyra McKee and Becca Albright each walked away with second and third place finishes.
Ryan Foulke took a pair of second place finishes, while Everest Webber also had two consistent finishes in the fifth place slot for the men’s ski field.
The leader of the women’s snowboard field was once again Fleur Connolly, while Devin Tubbs, Sam Hein, Tyler Searles, and Kenny Schreiber held off the rest of the men’s snowboarding competitors by placing first through fourth in both races.
The high school teams have their final regularly scheduled races today, Friday, Feb. 8, at Mammoth Mountain.
Feb. 1: CNISSF High School/Middle School Nordic Races, Tamarack
Two hundred thirty four high school and middle school athletes from Mammoth and Northern California descended on Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center for the CNISSF Mammoth Classic. Parents and spectators enjoyed a picnic like atmosphere complete with music, as the skiers raced in weather that Coach Todd Hensley claimed as, “perfect with sunny skies and cool temps.”
Trace Calvin took first for the Middle School men, and Calvin Forsythe celebrated his 15th birthday with a win in the High School JV men’s division.
Top Mammoth ladies Patty Hensley placed fourth for the High School Varsity Ladies and Kylie LaFramboise was eighth for the High School JV ladies.
Feb. 1-3: Wild West U16 Giant Slalom Races, Northstar
Hannah Everson of Mammoth was sixth, seventh and 15th and Alex Colby (Malibu) had a fifth and seventh.
Feb. 2: 2013 USASA Halfpipe, Mammoth Mountain
First place results for snowboard: Open Class Men was Hamish Bagley of Mammoth; Ruggie Boys (7 & under) was John Connolly of; Grommet Girls (8-9) was Kinsley White (Santa Clarita); Grommet Boys (8-9) was Dusty Henricksen (Big Bear City); Menehune Girls (10-11) was Skye Inn (Pacific Palisades); Menehune Boys (10-11) was Judd Henkes V (San Diego); Breaker Girls (12-13) was Kai Shafer (Trabuco Canyon); Breaker Boys (12-13) was Julian Arregoces (Rancho Ranch Palos Verdes; Youth Women (14-15) was Peri King (Mammoth); Youth Men (14-15) was Joshua Bowman (Mammoth); and Junior Women (16-17) was Danielle Brodrick (Mammoth).
First place results for skier: Open Skier Women was Carly Margulies; Skier Men (13-15) was Kain Wilmot (June Lake); and Skier Boys (10-12) was Zach Albence (La Jolla).
For more results, visit http://goo.gl/8bglm.
Feb. 1-3: Rev Tour/Burton US Open Qualifier, Seven Springs, Penn.
On Jan. 30, five Mammoth Snowboard Team athletes, Drayden Gardner (Big Bear); Danika Duffy, Jed Sky (Concord); George Scott (Mammoth); and Jasmin Gallop (Concord, Australia) traveled to Seven Springs, Penn., for the Rev Tour/Burton U.S. Open Qualifier.
Mammoth’s Duffy placed third in the women’s event, while local men, Sky was 31st, Scott was 39th and Gardner placed 51st. Duffy’s third place result got her ticket stamped to head to the semi-finals at the 31st annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail Feb. 25 to Mar. 2.
Feb. 2-3: FIS World Cup Ski Cross, Grasgehren/Allgäu, GER
Mammoth’s John Teller and Tyler Wallasch were in Grasgehren, Germany, for the SX World Cup, but the jury was forced to cancel the event because “heavy rain through the night turned to heavy snow early in the morning, making conditions impossible for racing.“
Feb. 2-3: U10/U12 North Series 2GS, Squaw Valley
After taking a few runs with his friends on Friday, Mammoth’s U12 racer Bruno Amon-Franceschi (Los Angeles) described the conditions as being, “hard and slick. The mountain that weekend was mostly cat tracks and icy moguls and just a few groomed runs to ski on.”
The challenging conditions at Squaw didn’t seem to slow down Mammoth’s U12 racer Charlie Regelbrugge who took second both days, behind Henry Heaydon, a surprise opponent from Vail. (Regelbrugge took first in both of the previous Far West races held at Sugar Bowl three weeks earlier.) Other top Mammoth results are as follows: Feb. 2: U10 Men: Liam Gooch (Hermosa Beach) 4th; U10 Ladies: Jordan Whistler (San Marcos) 4th; Erica Lynch (Mammoth), 7th; Sierra Burror (Bishop) 12th; Madison Jayne (Mammoth) 13th; Chaney Szeto (Culver City) 14th.
U12 Ladies: Kendall Lach (Mammoth) 15th.
Feb. 3: U10 Ladies: Jordan Whistler 6th; Erica Lynch 12th; Madison Jayne 13th; Sierra Burror 16th. U12 Ladies: Siena Szeto 18th; U12 Men: Liam Gooch 3rd.
Feb. 2-4: SR/U21/18 Divisional FIS, Sugar Bowl
Thirteen Mammoth Mountain U18-U21 racers along with their coaches, Ben Reeder and Guy Bien, traveled to Sugar Bowl. The competition was stiff, but during the series several Mammoth athletes were able to crack the top 15 mark. One of those racers was Alexa Wehsener (Mammoth) who fought her way to the front page all three days placing 13th, 8th and 11th.
Nine out of 13 Mammoth team athletes scored results at these races with the biggest gains coming from Lucas Underkoffler (Crowley Lake), Marco Lorico- Rappa (Las Vegas); Alec Kochis (Alta Loma); Jake Mahr (Manhattan Beach), and Wehsener.
Wehsener and Danica Hagen (Mammoth) ended up in the medal count with fourth and fifth place finishes which will help ensure qualification of Western Region Junior Championships. Other racers who had top 15 results were: Natalie Riffel and Charlee Kelly in the GS; Tyler Wormhoudt (Mammoth) was 13th in the second slalom and Kirk Carlson (Mammoth) 13th place result on the third day in the giant slalom.
Head FIS Coach Kevin Francis noted that the next races for his team will be at Snow King, Wyo., starting Feb. 19.