With only two races remaining in Mount Hood Ski League action, Hood River Valley High School skiers are looking poised to be among the top echelon at next month’s Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state championships.
In what has become a theme so far this season, both girls and boys teams finished first overall in the third and final slalom race of the regular season last weekend at Skibowl.
On the girls side, HRV finished one-two-three, with Korey Cimock posting the fastest two-run time, followed by Sadie Shepard and Molly Clark. Teammate Lucy McLean, who has led the varsity girls through the season, was away at an elite Pacific Northwest Ski Association race at Stevens Pass, where she finished fifth in giant slalom and ninth in slalom.
William Lamer was again at the front of the pack for the HRV boys, finishing in second place behind Eli Holeman of The Dalles, who won all three MHSL slalom races this season to claim the district title by default.
Backing Lamer was Ryan Colesar in fourth and Patrick Crompton in fifth to round out the team’s top finishers.
New to the freestyle division of the MHSL, Sunday featured a skiercross race in which the Eagles were led by Cimock in first place for the girls and Crompton in second place for the boys.
The team moved on to giant slalom action Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows and will conclude its regular season with a final GS race at Skibowl.
State will be March 6-7 at Skibowl, where the HRV girls will be racing for back-to-back combined titles and will try to retake the slalom team title; last year the girls finished first in GS and second in slalom behind Jesuit, who finished second overall.
The HRV finished in the middle of the pack last season (eighth overall out of 16) and will look to the combination of yount talent in racers like Lamer and experience in returners like Colesar and Crompton to improve upon that team result.