Mission Ski Team Wins Hampton Cup Team Title
WENATCHEE — Aided by top finishes from several of its athletes, the Mission Ridge Ski Team captured the overall team title during the annual Hampton Cup races at Mission Ridge Feb. 2-3.
Keith McNabb of Crystal Mountain won the overall men's title over the two days, while Melissa Eik of SPAC took home the overall women's title.
A total of 219 athletes from around the Pacific Northwest competed in the giant slalom on the Skookum course. The event also attracted more than 500 spectators to the slopes.
"That's more than we've ever had. They all brought their families. They were all there," said Kari Johnson, MRST marketing director. "It was a huge effort. It took 70 volunteers each day."
Among the top performances by MRST athletes:
Feb. 2 — (WOMEN) Tessa Alger claimed the U21 division title; Hannah Bodily finished second and Brittney Knox fifth in the U18 division; Gracie Struthers won the U16 division. (MEN) Joseph Estrella, Danny O'Neal and Frederick Williams placed 2-3-4 in U18; and Cai Yamamoto was second in U21.
Feb. 3 — (WOMEN) Lindsay Ahmann and Taylor Bauernfeind finished second and third respectively in the U18 division; Gracie Struthers was third in U16; Haille Johnson cracked the top 10 in U14. (MEN) Cai Yamamoto captured the U21 title; and Danny O'Neal was second, Ben Holmberg third and Andrew Black sixth in U18.