Cooper Spur racers dominate the gates

PARKDALE — The Cooper Spur Race Team ran its early season Mitey Mite record to 3-0 with two impressive wins at Cooper Spur Ski Area last weekend.

Both wins in the Jack Baldwin Memorial on Saturday and the Diamond Dual on Sunday were significant because they served as qualifiers for selection to the Buddy Werner regional team.

Saturday marked the Jack Baldwin Memorial Slalom Race and CSRT was able to ski away with wins in five of the eight age groups.

Local highlights on the day were Hannah Young and Kristoff Fowler, both of Hood River, winning the 8-and-under competitions, and Chrissie Brock of HR finishing second and Travis Carratt of Mt. Hood first in the 11-12 divisions. Fellow CSRT members Jacqueline Wiles of Aurora and Hannah Michelotti of Portland also won their divisions.

“There’s a lot of good competition out there,” coach Dan Bubb said. “The cool thing about the weekend was it was anybody’s race in all age groups.”

Other top local finishes for CSRT Saturday were Julia Bruggeman (5th place, 8-and-under girls), Toby Carratt (3rd place, 9-10 girls), Bridget Merriam (4th, 9-10 girls), Kesia Barone (5th, 9-10 girls), Jordy Mallon (5th, 9-10 boys), Kaytlin Hughes (4th, 11-12 girls), and Eli Pynch (4th, 11-12 boys).

Sunday’s Diamond Dual provided many of the same stellar results as CSRT took four of six titles in the younger age groups. Young won her second race of the weekend in the 8-and-under girls race, along with Wiles (9-10 girls) and Travis Carratt (11-12 boys).

Joining the winners on Sunday was Isaac Bubb of HR, who won the 9-10 boys competition by less than a second over Tanner Boudreau of White Salmon, also of CSRT.

Cooper Spur cleaned up in most age categories and placed someone in the top three in every race. Race director Ross Hoag was particularly impressed by CSRT’s dominance.

“In terms of of total points for top 10, I’ve never seen this big of a gap before,” he said. “The Cooper Spur Race Team has really grown and the kids are doing great.”

Next up, the team travels to the Oregon 3-way Championships Feb. 9-10 at Ski Bowl.

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