WENATCHEE — The Mission Ridge Ski Team was crowned the overall Northwest Cup team champion following the last races of the season season on Sunday.
It’s the second consecutive year MRST has captured the team title, which goes to the program that accumulates the most points during a series of races during the season. MRST also won the overall men’s and women’s titles as well for the second year in a row.
Crystal Mountain finished second in all three categories.
Claiming individual Northwest Cup titles were Mission Ridge athletes Lindsay Ahmann (women’s super-G) and Austin Dean (men’s slalom).
MRST program director Ryan Shorter said it’s rare for a program to win the three overall titles back-to-back because athletes come and go and because the competition is stiff.
“We compete against teams from bigger mountains who have way more kids to draw from, but we continue to compete them,” Shorter said. “Plus, we had whole bunch of injuries this year with several key athletes out.”
This season, there were five Northwest Cup races, with stops at Mission Ridge, Schweitzer Mountain, Stevens Pass and Mount Bachelor (twice). The series attracts the top young ski racers (ages 14 to 21) from the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Other top-10 placings in the final standings among MRST racers included Dean (2nd), Danny O’Neal (3rd), Max Tobler (4th), Andrew Black (6th), Paul Meyer (7th), Joseph Estrella (9th), and Cai Yamamoto (10th) in the men’s giant slalom; Estrella (3rd), Miles Sweek (4th), Black (5th) and Yamamoto (6th) in the men’s slalom; O’Neal (5th), Black (6th) and Tobler (7th) in the men’s super-G; Ahmann (2nd), Tessa Alger (4th) and Haley Hanseler (6th) in the women’s giant slalom; Alger (4th), Ahmann (9th) and Gracie Struthers (10th) in the women’s slalom; and Haley Hanseler (4th) in the women’s super-G.