Aiyana Cook

Aiyana Cook, skiing for Platte Canyon High School at Loveland grand slalom, placed 19th out of a field of 97 racers. (Photo by Chris Geiger)

The last race of the year was a giant slalom race held at Loveland Valley. This race was a make-up race for a scheduled Grand Slalom race at Ski Cooper Thursday.

Teams present at this race were Durango, Summit, Middle Park, Nederland, Evergreen, Clear Creek, Lake County and Platte Canyon High Schools. It was a beautiful day for racing; with a well-groomed course and mild temperatures.

As usual, the ladies went first. Aiyana Cook, the only woman skier for Platte Canyon, put together two great runs and placed 19th out of a field of 97 racers. This easily re-qualified her for GS at state.

The men also had a good day. Junior Palmer Lyons had his best run of the season, with an outstanding finish of 21st place in a field of 85 men. He has now qualified for state in GS. Next to finish was sophomore Gavin Geiger, who put together his two best runs of his high school ski racing career so far. He finished a solid 24th, easily qualifying him to go to state in GS as well.

Chris Long, one of the senior classmen, finished 27th, qualifying him for state in GS; he has already qualified to go to state for slalom. Next to finish for Platte Canyon was sophomore Tucker Sussenbach. He finished 40th. Rounding out the finishers for Platte Canyon was Sam Hatz, Joe Melero and Liam Bailey finishing 45th, 51st, and 58th respectively.

Michael Dean, Sean Lucas, Ben Hatz and Jordan King all had trouble on the course and did not finish their first runs.

State this year will be held at Beaver Creek. The GS race will be Thursday, Feb. 27, and the slalom race will be held on Friday, Feb. 28.

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