WENATCHEE — Colby Granstrom put himself in a big hole with his first run, and could not quite climb out.
On the second-to-last day of the Wester Region Elite FIS Spring Series at Mission Ridge on Tuesday, Granstrom found himself in 11th place after the first men’s giant slalom run. He made up a bunch of time on the second run — posting the fastest time of the run by more than two-tenths of a second — but only caught nine of the 10 racers who were in front of him.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle of Starksboro, Vt., and a member of the U.S. Ski Team’s development squad, held on for the win in 2:06.44, with Granstrom a close second in 2:05.53.
And while he was the only Mission Ridge Ski Team member to reach the podium, Granstrom was not the only one to have a strong day.
Kyle Coxon moved up from his seeding to finish 15th, thanks to a 13th-place finish on the second run.
Tara Hines also finished 15th in Tuesday’s women’s slalom.
“Kyle had a really good race today and moved up quite a bit, so that was impressive,” MRST director Ryan Shorter said. “Alec (Jones) struggled a little bit on his first run, but moved up quite a bit on his second run.
“Tara Hines had another good day today, and has put together a real good series, so I’m excited for her.”
Brooke Wales took a DNF on the first run of the day.
Four-time Olympian Sara Schleper took the top spot on the podium for the second straight day. After winning the giant slalom Monday, she was first in Tuesday’s slalom in 1:43.37.
The Spring Series concludes today with another men’s giant slalom and women’s slalom.