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Clare Wise second in return to Mission Ridge

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WENATCHEE — Clare Wise's return Friday to her old racing grounds at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort was a successful one.The University of Colorado athlete and former Mission Ridge Ski Team member finished second to college teammate Shane McLean in the women's giant slalom at Western Region FIS Open Series. Wise, a 2010 Wenatchee High School graduate, led after the first run of the day but McLean put together a blistering last run to claim the top spot. McLean, 21, finished with a combined time of 2 minutes, 16.27 seconds. Wise, 21, clocked in at 2:17.78. Tenaya Standteiner, 17, of Squaw Valley, Calif., was third with a time of 2:18.21.Mission Ridge's Gracie Struthers, 16, placed 20th. After finding herself 30th after the first run, Struthers had the 12th-fastest time on her last trip down the course to move up in the standings.Meanwhile, in Friday's men's slalom at the Western Region Open Series, the Czech Republic's Adam Zika captured first place with a combined time of 1:18.13. Zika, who races for the University of Colorado, edged Austria's David Herzog, a Westminster College, Utah, skier, by .23 of a second. Finishing third was Benoit Jagot, a Frenchman who also races for Westminster College. Danny O'Neal was the only Mission Ridge Ski Team athlete to finish the race. O'Neal placed 12th in 1:23.42.

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