HRV skiers back on top

Girls win, boys take second as teams prepare for state.

GOVERNMENT CAMP — After a crash-ridden competition Feb. 9, the HRV ski teams reclaimed their spot atop the mountain Saturday at Ski Bowl.

The girls took three of the top five places overall to win by more than six seconds in the team competition, while the boys placed three skiers in the top ten to finish in second place.

“We didn’t ski real aggressive, but we skied clean, which is what we needed to do,” said junior Jodie Gates, who claimed fourth overall among the girls.

“We’re going to have to win the next few races to get the top seed for state. But as long as we finish each race, we should be able to catch Sandy,” she said.

Leading the way for the girls was Lindsay McClure, who finished second behind Barlow rival Elisha Webb by just 0.95 seconds. Candice Hoag also had a strong day and finished in fifth place, just four seconds behind Webb.

Lauren Emmerson followed up her third-place finish at last week’s race with an eighth-place finish Saturday, while Aileen Herlitz stepped into the final varsity spot and took 18th.

The girls were skiing without Shanna Cochran and Lisa Tedford, who were both injured on Feb. 9. The extent of Cochran’s injury is unknown, while Tedford suffered a torn ACL and will be lost for the season.

The boys, who have also been bitten by the injury bug lately, put together a solid team outing Saturday and claimed second-place behind Barlow.

Senior Marc Reed set the pace for HRV with a fourth-place overall finish — just two seconds behind Chris Park of Sandy. Freshman Alec Asbridge completed his best outing of the season with a sixth-place finish, while Luke Pennington claimed eighth and Geordie Oates 11th.

The boys were again forced to ski without team No. 1 Justin Wiley, who suffered a broken collarbone two weeks ago. They also had to overcome the absence of team No. 2 Luke McCarthy.

Despite all the injuries, both HRV teams still look to be state contenders. Two Mt. Hood Conference races remain before the district championships on March 2 and the state competition March 7-8, both at Mt. Hood Meadows.

Both the boys and girls teams will compete in a giant slalom race today at Meadows — a make-up for the snowed-out Jan. 26 race — and another GS on Saturday.

“We’re getting pretty pumped for state,” Gates said. “Mentally, I think we’re still at midseason, but physically — in terms of our technique and conditioning — we’re ready for state.”

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