The West Linn boys ski team proved itself to be just that — a team.
Competing in a long Three Rivers League slalom on Mt. Hood Lane at SkiBowl on Saturday, Jan. 25, the Lions landed five skiers among the day's 18 finishers and rode that effort to a fourth-place finish in a field of seven teams.
In the girls competition, West Linn junior Jayden Tait finished eighth overall to lead the Lions, but West Linn did not post a team time after just three of their five skiers completed runs.
Next up, the Lions will participate in the first TRL giant slalom of the year, set at SkiBowl on Saturday, Feb. 1.
West Linn was led by senior Brian Wicklund's eighth-place finish, completing his two runs in a time of 1 minute, 49.08 seconds. Lakeridge's Campbell Brown won the day's individual title with his mark of 1:32.32.
Following Wicklund, West Linn's Kye Martin placed 13th at 1:54.23, Quinn Salmon took 14th with a 1:54.32, Cole Meaney grabbed 17th at 2:01.76 and Mac Graves finished 18th with a 2:07.20.
Bradon Hill also raced for the Lions, going 1:12.28 for his one completed run.
The complete list of team scores included: Central Catholic 4:51.63, Lincoln 4:52.29, Lakeridge 5:09.03, West Linn 5:33.30, Lake Oswego 5:53.01, Catlin Gabel 6:42.61, Wilson 6:43.65, LaSalle inc.
Tait stepped up to lead the West Linn girls, placing eighth in the field of 40 with a time of 1:58.26 for her two completed runs. Her results left her less than 20 seconds behind the day's individual champion, Wilsonville's Kiera Bertell and her time of 1:38.49.
Besides Tait, Alexa Skrypkar was the only other West Linn skier to complete both her runs, eventually finishing 22nd at 2:27.98. Koharu Sakiyama also skied for West Linn, going 1:11.30 for her one completed run.
The complete list of team scores included: Lincoln 5:28.43, Lakeridge 5:32.21, Wilsonville 5:38.81, Lake Oswego 6:13.21, Wilson 6:35.52, Central Catholic inc., West Linn inc.
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