Tigard, Tualatin teams shine in giant slalom event
The Tigard High School boys ski team turned in another strong performance in the Metro League giant slalom race, held Jan. 26 on the Bill's Gold venue at Ski Bowl. The Tigers finished in second place, just 3.61 seconds behind Oregon Episcopal School.
Tyler Olson led the Tigers with the highest overall finish for the day for the boys. Olson finished in second place with combined time of 1 minute, 13.29 seconds. Nathan Saier finished in fifth place with a time of 1:19.53. Luke Wargo and Haden Oelke also contributed team time with fifth-place first run and 35th-place second-run finishes.
The Tigard girls finished in third place in the giant slalom event. Sarah Gentry led the way for the girls with a second-place finish and combined time of 1:17.33. Emily Sverdrup finished in 12th place with a time of 1:27.82. Haley Cabrera contributed a team team time with at 32nd-place finish for the first run. Corin Hartnell contributed a team on her second run with an eighth-place finish.
The Tualatin girls finished in third place in giant slalom race. Isabel Juliana led the Timberwolves with a seventh-place finish and combined time of 1:23.22. Caylum Tippett had a season-best ninth-place finish with a combined time of 1:26.90. Megan Jost finished in 18th place with combined time of 1:31.73.
The Tualatin boys finished in sixth place in giant slalom race, just over six seconds behind fifth-place Westview. Kai Depp led the way for the Wolves finishing in 16th place with combined time of 1:23.09. Christian Jordan finished just behind Depp in 18th place with combined time of 1:23.66. Abraham Jehnke helped the team time with a 41st-place finished for his first run. Jeff Jost contributed the remaining team time with a fifth-place second-run finish.
Extremely tough race course conditions took their toll on many racers and teams including both the Tualatin and Tigard squads during The Metro League slalom, the league's fourth event of the season, held on Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows.
The Tigard girls team had the highest finish for the day managing at fifth-place finish missing two of their top three racers for the event. The Tualatin girls finished right behind the Tigers with a sixth-place finish for the day. The Tigard and Tualatin boys teams were sitting in first and third place after the first run. However, both teams failed to get the required three team times for the second run and were disqualified.
Both Tigard and Tualatin turned in strong individual performances for the day. Freshman Megan Wargo led the Tigard girls with a season-best fourth-place finish. Juliana finish in seventh place, turning in another consistent performance. Tigard first-year racers Kaiya Welch finished in 25th place, and Lily McNutt finished in 30th place. Tualatin first-year racers Natalie Mathis finished in 27th place, Hannah Gitt finished in 29th place. For the boys, Jeff Jost led the with a fifth-place finish for Tualatin, tying his season-best finish. First-year racer Braden Fiske finished in 31st place. Olson had the fastest first run of the day for all racers with a time of 42.91.
The Tualatin girls are in fifth place and the Tigard girls are in third place in Metro League season team standings, leaving both in contention to qualify for the state ski race in March. The Tigard boys hang on to a tie for third place with Southridge in Metro League standings. Tualatin boys are now in seventh place.
Tualatin and Tigard teams are back in action and looking to get back on track for the season in Metro League race No. 5, to be held on Challenger Slalom venue next Saturday, February 9th, at Ski Bowl.