HRV ski team breaks for a photo op this week before practicing for the upcoming state championships, which run Monday and Tuesday for freestyle and Thursday and Friday for racing, at Mt. Hood Meadows.
Although not officially announced until this weekend, Hood River Valley High School varsity boys and girls ski teams are poised to repeat as Mt. Hood League champions.
The team competed in its final league race of the season last weekend — a giant slalom race at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl — and much like the previous races this season HRV skiers have set the pace for the rest of the field to follow. Results from the day are combined with results from previous races to determine team champions, individual champions and combined boys and girls champions, which will be announced Saturday afternoon at a league awards ceremony.
Last weekend’s racing saw Lucy McLean and Austin Keillor rise to the top of the field once again, continuing a theme of dominance they have maintained throughout the season. Both racers posted the fastest two-run combined times, almost exactly four seconds ahead of their closest competition; in ski racing, that’s a wide margin.
In the girls field, McLean and runner-up Korey Cimock were a cut above the rest, posting times roughly 20 seconds faster than third-place Bailey Cordell of The Dalles. In the boys field, Keillor, who has yet to be beaten this season, William Lamer and Charlie Sutherland claimed three of the top five positions, with The Dalles’s fastest competitor, Eli Holeman, sliding into second place.
For HRV’s top skiers (see lists below), the season continues another week with the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association State Championships, scheduled for Monday through Friday at Mt. Hood Meadows. The event was originally slated for Willamette Pass, but was changed to Meadows due to limited snowpack at the lower-elevation Central Oregon ski area.
Monday and Tuesday will feature Freestyle contests, which are run as part of the OISRA calendar. Skiercross will be Monday morning, rail jam will be Monday afternoon and slopestyle will run Tuesday. With no formidable league competition to test itself against this season, HRV boys and girls freestyle teams are looking forward to seeing how they compare to the rest of the state.
Wednesday is a practice day for racers and Thursday and Friday will be giant slalom and slalom events, with boys and girls alternating events each day.