Mammoth racers hard at work
2012 Kittredge Cup, once delayed, takes center stage
High winds blasted Mammoth Mountain last weekend, but the weather conditions did not stop the tots.
It was close, though.
The 2012 Kittredge Cup was cancelled on Dec. 27 due to extreme weather conditions, so when the winds at the top of Broadway were clocked at 124 mph on Saturday, Feb. 23, the question on everyone’s mind was “what is the weather going to be like tomorrow?”
When the Mammoth U10-12-14 racers woke up on Sunday, Feb. 24, they were greeted with brilliant blue skies and outstanding racing conditions. In the morning, over 115 athletes competed in the qualification rounds with 48 racers advancing to the afternoon competition.
In the U10 Girls category, the win went to 9-year-old Tasman Mullins (Manhattan Beach) Mullins who took second last year in her first Kittredge Cup, had her toughest opponent this year with Jordan Whistler (San Marcos). Erica Lynch (Mammoth) placed second to Mullins, while Whistler was third and Byrn Urdi (Mammoth) took fourth.
In the U10 Boys, Liam Gooch finished first, beating out Bjorn Karlen (Mammoth) in second and Aidan LeFrancois (Crowley Lake) in third.
In the U12 Girls, Anastasia Seator-Braun (Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand, but currently living in Mammoth) battled Kendall Lach (Mammoth) in the finals with the win going to Lach. Jade Steiner (Santa Monica) and Sasha Mueller (Mammoth) took third and fourth respectively.
Among the U12 Boys, Charlie Regelbrugge (Mammoth) took first, followed by Elan Preis (Mammoth), Jake Bleil (Laguna Beach) and Lance Davenport (Pacific Palisades).
In the U14 Girls race, Rylie Whistler (San Marcos) and Mack Carkeet (Bishop) were the last two female racers to push out of the start gates, but nevertheless finished first and second respectively. Coming in behind Whistler and Carkeet was Sarah Ellis (Palos Verdes Estates) and Delaney Kearns (Fresno).
In the U14 race, Duncan Reid (Bishop), who won the Kittredge Cup title for his division in 2011, came back this year to win all of his runs against the other U14 boys to take first place. Sharing the podium with Reid and second-place finisher Ryan Foulke (Mammoth) was James Gooch (Hermosa Beach), leaving Erik Eisen (Simi Valley) in fourth.
During the past week, a number of local athletes were named to the High School States, U18 Nationals, Nordic Junior Nationals, and U16 Championships.
Feb. 24: Kerry’s Challenge
The race was named Kerry’s Challenge, but the real challenge belonged to the Mammoth Mountain Race Department to hold two super G races on Sunday, Feb. 24, after losing the previous day’s race due to high winds.
But the race department pulled it off and the races ran seamlessly on Sunday, allowing the athletes a final chance to acquire points toward making the Far West team going to the U16 Championships in Alyeska, Alaska, in March.
Erin Maidman of Ventura came into the race a respectable ninth, but it was on Sunday that she made a name for herself by taking first in both races and claiming a spot on the team heading to Alaska.
Maidman wasn’t the only Mammoth racer to take the top podium spot. On Friday, Mammoth’s Zac Kelly owned that position and then in the first race on Sunday he was second.
Other MMST racers also had top results including: Elizabeth Heit (Mammoth) 11, 16, 14-tie; Hannah Everson (Mammoth) 15, 10, 29; Kayleigh MacGregor (Mammoth) 17,11; Alex Colby (Malibu) 13, 16, 12; Kevin Wolfe (Mammoth) 15, 21, 18.
Meanwhile, Logan DeAngelis (Mammoth) started out with a 26th place result on Friday, but, turned it on Sunday taking 15th and then fifth.
Cody Underkoffler (Crowley Lake) came in with 14th and 10th place finishes on Sunday.
Teller and Wallasch in Utah for Canyons U.S. Spring Grand Prix
The AUDI FIS Freestyle ski cross World Cup in Harrachov, CZE, was cancelled due to what amounted to a perfect storm of heavy snow, warming temperatures, rain, and wind.
This included Mammoth’s John Teller and Tyler Wallasch who were both ready to compete in the World Cup event.
Wallasch and Teller are currently back in the states for the Canyons U.S. Spring Grand Prix. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Teller qualified first and Wallasch had the fourth spot.
The finals will be today, Mar. 1.
From there they go to Voss, Norway, to compete in the Freestyle Skiing World Championships. Their event, ski cross, is slated to close out the event on March 10.
MMST U18-21 athletes compete in Elite FIS Tech Races at Snow King, Wyo.
Mammoth Nordic Ski Team ran into some big-time challenges at the U.S. Nationals and U18 Nationals Qualifier.
Racing for Mammoth were Danica Hagen (Mammoth); Nikita Norton (Ashland, Ore.); Natalie Riffel (Crowley Lake); Alexa Wehsener (Mammoth); Kirk Carlson (Mammoth ); and Lucas Underkoffler (Crowley Lake) the races proved to be extremely challenging. MMST results: Hagen_GS_67, DNF-1; SL_55, 49; Norton_GS_DNF-2, DSQ-1; SL_DNF-1, DNF-1; Riffel_GS_60, 56; SL_DNF-2, 39; Wehsener_GS_DNF-1, 61;SL_44, DNF-1; Carlson_GS_45, 97;SL_DNF-2, DNF-1; Underkoffler_GS_69,64, SL_DNF-1, DNF-2.
March 4-7: High School State Championships at Mount Shasta
Twenty Mammoth High School students earned the right to compete Skiers named to take part in both giant slalom and slalom races are: Becca Albright; Chelsea Foulke; Ryan Foulke; Sierra Gilfoy; Liz Heit; Russell Malm; Kyra McKee; Justin Wallasch; Everest Webber; and Kevin Wolfe.
Additionally, Perry Moyer and Jimmy Wehsener will race in the giant slalom.
On the snowboard side, Cole Brosgart; Fleur Connolly; Sam Hein; Tyler Searles; Kenny Schreiber and Devin Tubbs will compete in both giant slalom and slalom, while Emmett Hugelman will race in the giant slalom.
Chance Thompson, who suffered an injury mid-way through the season, qualified for the giant slalom, but he will be unable to attend the championships due to his injury.
March 5-12: U18 National Junior Championships, Mammoth Mountain
Mammoth Mountain Ski Team’s Tyler Wormhoudt is one of just 16 men and women to be named to represent the Far West at the prestigious U18 National Junior Championships, to be held at Mammoth Mountain.
March 8-17: Nordic Junior Nationals, Fairbanks, Alaska
This season there were seven Junior National Qualifiers.
Junior racers had to ski in four of the seven races, and have a qualifying time in three races, including both a classic and a freestyle (skate) race. Local racer Amanda Kirkeby was one of the J2 racers named to the Far West Nordic Junior National Team for 2013. The team and eight coaches head to Fairbanks.
In the OJ Girls division, former Mammoth racer Joelle Romo (Crowley Lake) will also represent the Far West.
March 19-23: U16 Championships, Alyeska, Alaska
Of the 49 skiers competing in the U16 Far West championships, 10 of them will be from the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team.
They are Erin Maidman (Ventura); Hannah Everson (Mammoth); Katherine Brown (Mammoth); Elizabeth Heit (Mammoth); Zac Kelly (Mammoth); Alex Colby (Malibu); Logan DeAngelis (Mammoth); Cody Underkoffler (Crowley Lake); Kevin Wolfe (Mammoth); and Justin Wallasch (Mammoth).