Meyer leads Placer girls to slalom win

High School Skiing
By: Journal Sports Staff
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NORDEN — The Placer High girls ski team raced through a storm to dominate Monday’s Central Division II slalom race at Sugar Bowl, placing three skiers in the top six for a convincing victory in whiteout conditions. Haley Meyer won with a combined time of 1 minute, 33.60 seconds. Paige Rothe took second in 1:34.94. Karly Kenworthy placed sixth overall despite having to walk through the finish line after crashing near the bottom of one of her two runs. “It was an adventure today,” said Placer head coach Matt Conley. “It was a wet, cold, snowy day all the way and it definitely affected the outcome of many skiers from many schools.” All of the Hillgals have qualified for the state competition, which will be held at Mt. Shasta in early March. Colfax’s Nicole Bajka finished fourth overall to lead the Falcons. Teammates Nicola Lorang (11th) and Allison Gutierrez (15th) also skied well. Kaitlyn Dwelle was 14th overall for Bear River. Katie Delaveaga took 21st for the Bruins. In boys action, Dylan Laidlaw was the top overall finisher, placing fifth for Colfax. Teammate Ross Thompson was right behind in seventh place. Travis Tidd skied to 12th for the Hillmen on a day when many skiers did not finish two races. Tim Wong was Bear River’s top skier in 35th place. “It was soft snow racing with big ruts,” Conley said. “It was very sticky snow because it was very wet. Times were really slow. Half the battle was just getting completions.” Last Monday’s giant slalom was postponed due to several feet of fresh powder. That race has been rescheduled for Friday at Northstar, before another giant slalom at Sugar Bowl next Monday.