Eagle skier girls take third at state

March 9, 2011

Thanks to big performances from Megan Sears and Korey Cimock the HRV girls ski team took third place as a team at the state ski racing championships at Mt. Bachelor last weekend.

Cimock took fourth place in the giant slalom with a time of 2:22.19 while Sears took seventh in the slalom with a one-run time of 44.76 seconds.

Cimock placed seventh in the overall standings, while Kirra Paulus was 24th and Molly Clarke was 26th.

"The girls did a great job and they all stepped up," HRV coach Peter Nance said.

Those times helped the Eagles to a third-place finish in the giant slalom as a team and a fifth-place finish in the slalom.

The first slalom run was controversial, with several gates being moved at the last moment with several skiers not realizing it. The end result was that the first run of the slalom was thrown out.

The Eagles placed four skiers in the top 50 in the slalom and three in the top 50 in the GS.

In the GS, Paulus finished 25th in 2:38.47 and Clarke was 27th in 2:38.56.

Also placing for HRV in the GS were Sadie Shephard, who finished just out of the top 50 in 51st place in 2:51.41.

In the slalom Paulus placed 37th in 50.51 and Clarke took 46th in 51.51.

The HRV boys did not fare as well.

They did not place in the combined events standings after a disastrous showing in the giant slalom, where the Eagles got a group DNF after four skiers crashed on at least one of their runs.

The GS course took its toll on the rest of the field as well, with Nance saying 25 percent of the overall field was knocked out.

"All the teams had problems, not just us, Nance said. "It should have gone perfect - but it wasn't."

In the slalom the Eagles put on a good show, with Pierce Whalen taking second in the event with a time of 1:18.91.

Eric Nance also placed in the top 50 for HRV, taking 45th with a time of 1:33.87.

Callum Brock took 51st in 1:36.02 and Ben Fischer took 76th in 1:48.13.

The Eagles placed sixth in the event with a total time of 4:23.87.

Nance credited his boys team for sticking with it during the tough GS runs and for persevering through adversity.

While he had hoped for a better combined showing, he is optimistic about what next year will bring.

"Our whole girls team is returning," he said, "and we should have a good returning group for the boys."

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