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HRV ski girls mow over field in first race

"McClure the Blur" takes first, Gates third as girls bury competition; Reed finished third, but boys fall

By CANDICE HOAG

News intern

GOVERNMENT CAMP — The HRV girls ski team buried the competition under an avalanche in its first race of the season Saturday at Ski Bowl.

As expected, the girls flew past the competition and took first place by 24 seconds. The boys team didn’t fare as well, however, receiving no points for the race due to an insufficient number of finishers.

Despite the wet and chilly conditions and a lapse in the timing system, junior Lindsay McClure pulled off her first win of the season for the Eagle squad, beating out Elisha Webb of Barlow by nearly three seconds overall.

And if it hadn’t been for a slight bobble on her first run, McClure — known to her teammates as “McClure the Blur” for her amazingly fast times — could have added another couple seconds to her lead.

Finishing third overall for HRV was junior Jodie Gates. With only two days of gate training under her belt, Gates managed to put together two solid runs back-to-back without making any costly errors.

Coming in fifth for the Eagles was junior Candice Hoag. Although slightly conservative on her first run, Hoag managed to make up for lost time on her second run, taking third place. But the time gain wasn’t quite enough to surpass junior Courtney Vermaas from Sandy, who edged out Hoag by two-tenths of a second in the overall standings.

Rounding out the field for the HRV varsity team were sophomore Lisa Tedford and freshman Shanna Cochran, who finished seventh and tenth, respectively.

Freshman racing rookie, Aileen Herlitz, competed in her first race ever on the Eagles JV squad. Despite her lack of experience, Herlitz finished exceptionally well by completing both of her runs, which put her in third place overall among the JV girls.

It turned out to be somewhat of a tumultuous day for the guys. Although the boys team has many fast and experienced racers, most members of the team didn’t ski as well as they had hoped on Saturday.

Junior Justin Wiley had a screaming first run to put him in fourth place, but he missed a key gate in the flats on his second run and was disqualified.

Sophomore Luke Pennington and senior Geordie Oates suffered the same fate as Wiley and were also disqualified.

Despite a stretch of bad luck, there were a few highlights for the boys squad. Senior Marc Reed managed to tough it out and put together a solid performance on both runs, which gave him a third-place finish at the end of the day.

Freshman Luke McCarthy was also able to put his teammates’ falls behind him and finished in sixth place overall.

An unexpected yet welcome surprise for the Eagles was freshman Alec Asbridge. Although he was skiing on the JV squad for the Eagles, Asbridge managed to place ninth out of the entire varsity field — an honorable feat considering his starting position.

Coach Jon Copper said that as the season progresses, Asbridge could move up in rank because of his consistency on the race course.

The next race for the HRV ski teams will be a Giant Slalom at Ski Bowl on Saturday. Neither McClure nor Tedford will be able to attend the race, but both are confident that the rest of the girls can ski well enough to take first place without them.

“If we won by 24 seconds today, I think the rest of you girls should be able to hold onto our lead as long as you can all stand up and finish both runs,”

McClure said after the race.

“And as for the boys, well, they will definitely be able to improve.”

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