WENATCHEE — Brooke Wales’ return to her home mountain just keeps getting better and better.
A stellar second run led the Mission Ridge Ski Team member to a giant slalom victory Sunday in the Western Region Elite FIS Spring Series at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort, just two days after she won the super-G and super combined races.
Wales, who is closing out her first season of international competition and has already qualified for next season’s World Cup tour, opened Sunday with a first run of 1:08.04, then blew away the competition with a second run of 1:06.69.
“I was just relaxed,” said Wales. “It seemed like a course where you just need to put it down the hill. I skied it pretty clean and was able to come out on top with the win.
“It’s definitely been a very successful series so far. It’s been fun racing at home to finish my year.”
Sarah Schleper was second at .06 behind Wales.
MRST member Colby Granstrom also won Sunday, taking the men’s slalom with a combined time of 1:36.83, over a second ahead of second-place skier Ryan Cochran-Siegle.
Granstrom posted times of 49.2 seconds and 47.63 seconds in his two runs Sunday to earn the victory, his first of the Spring Series.
“It was a good day for sure. It was snowing up there, so the course conditions were a little bit variable. It was fun,” said Granstrom, who did not finish either the super-G or super combined races on Saturday.
“(The week has) gone pretty well. Obviously it could have gone a little better (Saturday), but I’m happy with (Sunday) to get the win. It felt good to defend the home hill.”
MRST member Kyle Coxon finished 14th in the slalom with a time of 1:40.67.
Tara Hines, another MRST skier, was 14th in the giant slalom at 2:18.44.
Wales was second in the women’s super-G, and Hines missed a Top 10 finish by one-hundredth of a second, taking 11th.
Coxon was the top MRST finisher in the men’s super G, taking 13th.
Coxon also led the Mission Ridge contingent in the men’s super combined, taking 21st.