HRV ski teams holding firm in second position

Snow or no snow, the HRV ski teams keep flying down the mountain at high speeds, trying to fine tune their techniques for the upcoming state competition.

Both the boys and girls teams remain in second place in the Mt. Hood Conference after last Saturday’s race at Timberline, and coach Jessica Gunesch has every confidence that her teams will achieve their state goals.

“Right now, we’re just trying to get races off,” she said. “But as it stands right now, both the guys and girls teams would qualify for state. It would take a pretty big stumble for the guys not to go, but the girls will have their work cut out for them with Barlow right on their heels.”

Barlow’s Elisha Webb skated past the field in both slalom races last weekend, helping the Bruins move into second place in the standings behind Sandy.

But HRV still holds the second spot due to some strong performances earlier in the season. The boys also trail Sandy in the team standings, but Barlow is a distant third, and should offer little threat to the Eagles, who missed qualifying for state last year.

Senior Justin Wiley led the boys at Timberline with a third-place overall finish. He was followed by sophomore Alec Asbridge in sixth, freshman Fletcher Hukari in 12th and junior Tyler Nelson in 13th.

Nelson, the team’s co-No. 1 along with Wiley, had a difficult first run and had to settle for a 13th-place tie with teammate Tony Guisto, a freshman. Senior Kyle Griffith rounded out the boys results in 26th place.

For the girls, freshman Jessica McMorran finished first on the team in fourth overall, while senior Candice Hoag took fifth and sophomore Shanna Cochran took eighth. Sophomore Aileen Herlitz finished 20th and senior Lindsay Heppe did not finish.

Next up for the Eagles is a 10 a.m. giant slalom race today at Mt. Hood Meadows. They also race Saturday, Feb. 15.

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