Eriksson sweeps slaloms at Alyeska

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 12:43:45 PM. Racing continues Saturday at Alyeska with the U12 and U14 state championships.

Austen Eriksson swept the boys' slalom races on the second day of the Spring Series at Alyeska Resort as U16 and U19 competitors wrapped up their season.

Eriksson, a U19 racer, won the first race in 1 minute, 42.83 seconds and the second in 1:37.07. He finished nearly four seconds ahead of the next best competitor in each race.

After a win in Thursday's giant slalom, fellow U19 racer Cabell Hildreth snagged a second place finish in the first slalom race Friday.

Noah Rygh, a U14 athlete, made an impressive showing finishing third place overall in the first race. In the second race, Jacob Goldstein of Juneau Ski Club took a second place behind Eriksson.

In the first girls race, Piper Sage secured a lead in the first run that allowed her to hold off Mary Grace Stahla in the second run to win in 1:46.90.

In the second race, Anja Schweiger, Kennedy Kane, and Randi Von Wichman were neck-in-neck after the first run, but Von Wichman pulled away in the second run landing a first-place finish ahead of Kane in 1:40.45.

Races continue Saturday and Sunday at Alyeska with the U12 and U14 state championships.

Race No. 1

Top 5 girls (overall)

1) Piper Sage (U16), 1:46.90; 2) Mary Grace Stahla (U16), 1:47.64; 3) Anja Schweiger (U16), 1:53.47, 4) Brenna Petrie (U19), 1:53.56; 5) Sarah Abts (U16), 1:53.93.

Top 5 boys (overall)

1) Austen Eriksson (U19), 1:42.83; 2) Cabell Hildreth (U19), 1:47.35; 3) Noah Rygh (U14), 1:49.57; 4) Sage Hildreth (U16), 1:52.75; 5) Nolan Quigley (U14), 1:53.55.

Race No. 2

Top 5 girls (overall)

1) Randi Von Wichman (U16), 1:40.45; 2) Kennedy Kane (U16), 1:41.11; 3) Piper Sage (U16), 1:41.84; 4) Lexi Patten (U16), 1:43.87, 5) Brenna Petrie (U19), 1:45.66.

Top 5 boys (overall)

1) Austen Eriksson (U19), 1:37.07; 2) Jacob Goldstein (U16), 1:40.68; 3) Nolan Quigley (U14), 1:44.33, 4) Sage Hildreth (U16), 1:45.52; 5) Tanner Sticka (U16), 1:46.75.

eriksson-sweeps-slaloms-at-alyeska photo 1 Noah Rygh, a U14 skier for Alyeska Ski Club, finished third in the first of two Spring Series slaloms Friday at Alyeska. Here he bends his left ski against a large rut near the last pitch in the second run. (Photo by Bob Eastaugh)

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