WENATCHEE — Three young members of the U.S. Ski Team finished first, second and fourth Tuesday in the men’s giant slalom at the Western Region Elite Spring Series.
Brennan Rubie, 20, of Salt Lake City had a combined time at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort of 2 minutes, 09.10 seconds to beat teammate Robert Cone, 19, of Killington, Vt., by half-a-second. Placing third was Sweden’s Marcus Plyhr in 2:09.71. Another U.S. Ski Team athlete Nicholas Krause, 18, of Northboro, Mass., was fourth with a time of 2:10.18.
The top Mission Ridge Ski Team finisher in the men’s giant slalom was 17-year-old Alec Jones, who was clocked in 2:12.08.
In the five races to date in the spring series, Jones has finished 21st, 15th, 23rd, 14th and 15th.
In the other event held Tuesday, U.S. Olympian Sarah Schleper, 33, captured the women’s slalom in 1:47.76, holding off Croatia’s 24-year-old Matea Ferk (1:49.01) who came in second for the second straight day. White Pass’ Jacqueline Wiles, 19, was third in 1:49.71.
Mission Ridge’s Brooke Wales, a member of the U.S. Ski Team who has won twice during the Spring Series, did not finish her second run. Laurenne Ross, who also has won twice in the series, came in sixth in the slalom. The Ridge’s Kyla Miller, 15, was her team’s top placer Tuesday, coming in 30th. Taylor Bauernfeind was 43rd.
The series wraps up today with the women’s slalom and the men’s giant slalom.