Telluride will be the site of the Rocky Mountain Region’s next big race, as the resort and TSSC host the J1 and J2 Divisions’ Junior FIS Championship, beginning Friday, on Milk Run.
“We’ve been very busy with lots of success throughout our age groups,” says Mike Bowman, TSSC’s alpine team director and head coach. TSSC alpine skiers have in recent weeks traveled to California and across Colorado for their last hurrahs of the 2011-2012 ski season, racking up a series of notable results.
TSSC’s top skier Hayden Fake made the long trip to Mammoth Mountain last week, to compete at the J2 Nationals event. Ranked in the top 4 percent of athletes his age in the country, and positioned in the top ten of the 70 boys invited to the event, Fake was in contention for some strong finishes. Yet he suffered some bad luck in California, breaking his thumb on the first day of competition.
Meanwhile, the team’s top J3 athletes were in Vail last week at their region’s J3 Championships. Jack Plantz, Anna Fake and Griffin Mueller flew the Telluride colors at the event, with Plantz laying down Telluride’s best result with a tenth in the Super G.
After a flurry of wins at last year’s J5 championship in Powderhorn, TSSC was looking strong to once again dominate at this year’s event, which took place last weekend. Among the team’s notable finishers were Christian Hilbert, with a top ten, and Peter Spencer and Bryce Lambert in the top 20. Caroline Lucarelli was knocking on the top 20 door with a 23rd place best finish over the weekend.
The young J6s also competed at the event, with Hunter Lambert flying to the finish with three top ten results. The weekend also saw TSSC’s youngest skier, 6-year-old Peter Spencer, giving the team reason to believe the future looks bright with gutsy runs down the racecourse.
This week, TSSC’s top J4s are at their Championships in Steamboat. Will Plantz and Finn Bailis will represent Telluride there, and Bowman says they’re strong skiers who should offer up some good results.
Beginning Friday, Telluride’s oldest competitors will have the chance to strut their stuff on home turf as Telluride hosts the Junior FIS Championship. There will be two Giant Slalom competitions on Friday and Saturday, and two Slalom events on Sunday and Monday.
One-hundred-fifty to 200 of the top J1 and J2 age class skiers from the Rocky Mountain Division will descend upon the Resort’s burly Milk Run racecourse, including TSSC athletes Malcolm Major, Jack Herrick, Maddie Gumerman, Jayleen Troutwin, Naomi Major, Victor Major, Mikaela Balkind, Lawson Omer, and Tasha Bishop. Hayden Fake could compete, pending news from his doctor about the broken thumb.
“We’re going to put on an excellent event and the club members are stepping up to make it a special event,” Bowman says, noting that the Club needs volunteers to help with the race. For more information or to volunteer, please contact TSSC at 728-6163.