Lundgren tops competitive field in Alyeska slalom race

Alyeska Ski Club U-21 skier Sarah Lundgren won the second giant slalom in the Coca-Cola Holiday Classic series Monday at Alyeska, with a two-run time of 1:.43.32. Younger sister Amanda, a U-16 racer, was again second, not quite three seconds behind, with a 1:46.25. Three seconds back and closely bunched in the next three spots, were U-16 competitor Frances Ruth Carlisle, U-18 racer Manya Monanelli and U-21 skier Hannah Ingrim. They were separated by only six hundredths of a second.

Kieffer Christianson, on a busman's holiday from competing for the U.S. Ski Team, won the men's event with a total time of 1:38.20 in a pair of clean, efficient races. Christianson was challenged by energized local racers Adam Garrigus, a U-16 competitor, and U-18 skier Barren Cabana. Garrigus was second overall with a total time of 1:40.60, less than two-and-a-half seconds behind Christianson. Cabana's 1:41.96 total gave him third.

There was again strong skiing by a clutch of young racers, including first-year U-14 racer Hunter Eid, second-year U-14 skier Jack Stahla and second-year U-12 entrant Mary Grace Stahla. Eid was fifth overall in the men's division and Jack Stahla was sixth.

The next races in the series are Saturday, with a morning slalom, and an afternoon parallel slalom, both on the Tanaka Hill.

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