Colfax girls second at Alpine Meadows

Prep Skiing
By: Journal Sports Staff
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It was an up and down day for area high school ski teams Monday at Alpine Meadows. Placer skier Julian Faulkner, the top-rated skier in the Central Division II, wiped out coming down the slopes and did not finish as the Hillmen finished with just 87 points, well behind race winner Davis’ 198 points. Colfax finished fourth in the race with a steady performance by Jens Boblitt (16th, 1:15.24), Tommy Irons (18th, 1:16.67) and Brent Johnson (22nd, 1:21.36). On the girls’ side, the Falcons finished second to Davis, 212-196, thanks to a first-place finish by Teagan Santin, who finished with a combined time of 1:06.27. She was followed by teammates Stephanie Scott (1:10.95) in fifth, Nicola Lorang (1:13.39) in ninth and Alysia Laidlaw (1:19.21) in 17th. Placer finished fifth with 102 points and a sixth-place finish from Lanae Rothe (1:11.84). Earlier this month Placer placed two in the top 10 and narrowly averted a serious injury in slalom competition at Sugar Bowl Faulkner took first place in the varsity boys competition. His two top finishes qualified him No. 1 in boys slalom from Central Division II heading into April’s state championships at Northstar. Rothe took sixth place, following up on a fifth-place finish in the season opener and qualifying her for state as Placer’s No. 1 girl in slalom. In a scary situation, Placer exchange student Eva Larsimont took a hard fall during a training run, and had to be sledded off the course by Sugar Bowl ski patrol after writhing in pain for several minutes on a steep, upper portion of the course. After a thorough doctor’s examination, however, it was determined the 18-year-old from Belgium suffered a painful knee sprain, but is expected to heal soon. Other Placer skiers also fared well. Lene Johnsen, a Placer exchange student from Norway placed 20th and senior Lacy Reese took 23rd in girls competition. On the boys side, Augustus Faulkenstein took 13th and Kodie Gregersen took 16th. Tom Conley did not finish the course.