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Another Alaska skier makes the podium at U16 regional alpine championships

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: March 26, 2018
  • Published March 25, 2018

Mary Grace Stahla seems to be racing her shadow in the flats below Alyeska’s Silvertip while finishing third in the super-G race Sunday at the Western Region U16 championships. (Photo by Bob Eastaugh)

The Alyeska Ski Club on Sunday landed another skier on the podium at the Western Regional U16 Championships.

Mary Grace Stahla skied to third place in the girls super-G race at Alyeska Resort, marking the second time in three races an Alaska girl finished in the top three. Piper Sage won the giant slalom earlier in the race series for skiers 16 and under.

Combined with her fourth-place finish in giant slalom and seventh-place finish in slalom, Stahla finished second in the overall standings.

Victories went to Mary Bocock of Utah's Rowmark Ski Academy – whose alums include 1992 Olympic downhill silver medalist Hilary Lindh of Juneau — and Oliver Parazette of the Jackson Hole Ski Club.

Bocock won in 1 minute, 14.19 seconds for a comfortable 1.06-second margin over Aliza Neu of California's Squaw Valley Foundation. Stahl was a close third in 1:15.34, less than one-tenth of a second behind Neu.

Super-G winner Oliver Parazette, of the Jackson Hole Ski Club launches from the Waterfall jump. (Photo by Bob Eastaugh)

The boys race was a close battle between Intermountain Division skiers Parazette and Charlie Snyder. Parazette's time of 1:14.29 made him a heartbeat faster than Snyder, who clocked 1:14.31.

Third place went to Ryder Sarchett of Idaho's Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation in 1:14.84.

Sarchett claimed the overall title for boys by finishing with medals in all three races, including golds in the slalom and giant slalom.

Parazette and Neu both finished with two medals. Parazette was second in the boys giant slalom and Neu was second in the girls giant slalom.

The only other skier to leave Alyeska with a pair of top-three finishes was girls overall winner Georgie Sullivan of California's Sugar Bowl Academy, who won the girls slalom and was third in the GS. She placed fourth in Sunday's super-G.

The Western Regional Championships, last held at Alyeska in 2013, attracted nearly 200 teen-age skiers from the western United States. Fifteen of them will qualify for the national championships at Washington's Mission Ridge Ski Area next week.

Girls super-G (top 10) — 1) Bocock, Mary, Intermountain Division (IMD), 1:14.19; 2) Neu, Aliza, Far West (FW), 1:15.25; 3) Stahla, Mary Grace, Alaska (AK), 1:15.34; 4) Sullivan, Georgie, FW, 1:15.52; 5) Macuga, Lauren, IMD, 1:16.74; 6) Wilkinson, Samantha, FW,
1:16.93; 7) Huml, Zoe, FW, 1:17.45; 8) Kogler, Gabriela, FW, 1:17.47, 9) Gorsch, Alyssa, IMD, 1:17.48; 10) Woodruff, Kaelin, FW, 1:17.85

Boys super-G (top 10) — 1) Parazette, Oliver, IMD, 1:14.29; 2) Snyder, Charlie, IMD, 1:14.31; 3) Sarchett, Ryder, IMD, 1:14.84; 4) Louchheim, Carter, IMD, 1:15.11; 5) Travis, Gunner, IMD, 1:15.15; 6) Kelly, Max, FW, 1:15.24; 7) Bigatel, Justin, IMD, 1:15.43; 8) Mallinen, Finn, IMD, 1:15.53; 9) Lindstrom, Ridley, IMD, 1:15.58; 10) Herhusky, FW, 1:15.65

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