Cooper Spur Race Team has fun winning

Young skiers representing the Cooper Spur Race Team had excellent showings in two recent events.

Feb. 24 brought the annual Candy Cup Kombi to Mt. Hood Meadows. The event is a unique and fun format that keeps competitors on their toes by combining slalom and giant slalom disciplines in the same run.

CSRT members had a great showing, highlighted by U8 racer Elena Kaimaktchiav finishing proudly atop the podium in first place, next to teammate Sutton-Bell LeFevre in third. Soren Ullrich was the top finisher for the CSRT boys in fifth place, followed by Calvin Maki in seventh. For the U10 girls, Elizabeth Lamer was finished fifth, followed closely by Marissa Rigert in sixth. Zeke Bukavonsky finished in second for the U10 boys, Josie Peterson and Frances Melby came away with third place and seventh place for the U12 girls, Cassell LeFevre was second for the U12 boys and Erin Sutherland, Louise Howe and Bergen Schmidt took second, third and sixth for the U14 girls

Earlier in the month, CSRT also competed in the Oregon 4-way Championships at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl. The team performed admirably, taking top ten spots in the cross country, ski jumping, slalom and giant slalom events.

In the cross-country event, U12 girls Josie Peterson, Paris Nunn and Frances Melby led the team with fourth, sixth and 10th place finishes; U12 boys were led by Cassell LeFevre in fifth place and Josh Nardone in 13th; and U14 racers Melissa Nardone, Jess Nunn and Louis Howe finished sixth, 12th and 13th for the girls and Carter Rigert finished ninth for the boys.

In the jumping competition, Josie Peterson was the only U12 girl to crack the top 10, with a jump of 29 feet. Cassell LeFevre jumped 50 feet to edge out Josh Nardone, who jumped 48 feet for eighth and ninth. Melissa Nardone jumped into third place in the U14 division with an impressive distance of 60 feet.

In the GS competition, Josh Nardone was the only U12 boy to make the top 10, with a total time of 2:58.98. The U14 ladies took home the sixth and 10th place positions, by Melissa Nardone and Erin Sutherland. CSRT’s only U14, Carter Rigert, managed a ninth-place finish.

In the slalom competition, Frances Melby battled her way to sixth position, trailed by teammate Annika Howell in 10th place. CSRT’s U12 boys came out in force, led by Josh Nardone in fourth place and Lowell Schmidt in seventh.

In the U14 division, Louise Howe held onto seventh place, followed by Erin Sutherland in ninth and Bergen Schmidt in 11th. Against a very competitive U14 boys field, Carter Rigert finished third in the race.

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