Placer's Faulkner takes slalom again

Prep Skiing
By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Placer High School ski team placed two in the top 10, but narrowly averted a serious injury in slalom competition at Sugar Bowl Monday. Placer senior Julian Faulkner took first place in the varsity boys competition, his second top finish in two races. The back-to-back firsts qualify him No. 1 in boys slalom from Central Division II heading into April’s state championships at Northstar in April. Placer’s Lanae Rothe took sixth place Monday, following up on a fifth-place finish last week and qualifying her for state’s 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 Monday night, 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. Placer skiers next race Monday at Boreal in another slalom. With snow expected later this week, giant slalom competition, which requires more snow-covered terrain, is slated to begin for three consecutive weeks beginning Jan. 30. Several high school races have been rescheduled because of a lack of snow so far this season.