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Platte Canyon High School ski team member Sam Hatz tackles the slalom race, Feb. 14, at Eldora Mountain. (Photo by Chris Geiger)

Platte Canyon High School ski team participated in the slalom race that was held Feb. 14, at Eldora Mountain ski area.

The race hill was well suited to a slalom racing. The morning races were on somewhat soft snow, but in the afternoon, the temperature dropped and the snow surface improved somewhat.

There were six teams competing at the race: Platte Canyon, Clear Creek, Nederland, Middle Park, Battle Mountain and Lake County.

This was our third and final slalom race of the regular season. Our mens team did especially well with the best mens team finish this season.

We also had several personal bests for individual racers. Aiyana Cook, our only woman skier, once again rose to the occasion with a stellar 19th place finish out of 64 racers, qualifying for state once again; well done.

The men were next to race. Chris Long and Michael Dean led the pack with their best finishes of the season. Long finished 15th and Dean finished 16th. This easily qualified both for the state meet in slalom.

Gavin Geiger also had a personal best, finishing 30th and just missing qualifying for state by a few places.

Palmer Lyons also had two good runs, finishing a strong 31st.

Ben Hatz (33), Sean Lucas (34), Sam Hatz (37) were right behind Lyons and Geiger with great runs.

Joe Melero (40), Liam Bailey (41), and Jordan King (46) all had their best finishes of the season in slalom.

Tucker Sussenbach was not able to finish his first run.

In the mens team, because of the outstanding runs by Dean and Long, Platte Canyon finished third overall, behind Battle Mountain and Nederland, besting Clear Creek, Lake County and Middle Park.

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