Sports Briefs: Lepine, Murray and Gibson finish strong 

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The NorAm Cup for ski cross wrapped up with a pair of races at Mt. Hood Meadows this past weekend, with three Whistler athletes finishing their seasons strong.

Sarah Lepine added two more podiums to her tally for the season, placing third on the first day and moving up to first on day two. Adam Gibson earned his first podium of the season with a third place finish on the second day, while Tyler Murray was sixth in both races.

Lepine finished the season ranked third overall, while Murray was third and Gibson ninth.

"I worked hard this year because I really wanted to win the overall NorAm title," said Lepine. "But I can live with second. I was following India Sherret (Kimberley) and if I can't win the title there is no-one else I would rather win it.

" This is my third year on the NorAm overall podium and every year the competition has gotten stiffer as more girls come into the sport and the girls from last year continue to improve."

All three athletes have qualified for the Freestyle World Juniors in Italy on March 30 and 31. They will join national team member Marielle Thompson at the event, which is for racers aged 21 and under.

U16 skiers on top at provincials

The Whistler Mountain Ski Club came home from Red Mountain with a number of provincial titles after three days of racing slalom and giant slalom.

In the opening men's slalom, Riley Seger won the race by roughly 4.5 seconds, followed by teammate Max Peiffer. Max Kirshenblatt was fourth, Cooper Yates sixth, Griffin Renzoni eighth, Jeffrey Cadman 10th, Jonathan Hutchison 12th, Carson Llewellyn 13th, Alex Gershon 14th and Charlie Tuer rounding out the top 15.

In the second slalom the following day, Cameron Alexander jumped to the top of the podium, followed by Max Kirshenblatt in second. Alex Gershon was fourth, James Crawford fifth, Griffin Renzoni sixth, Jeffrey Cadman seventh, Cooper Yates eighth, Carson Llewellyn 13th and Riley Seger 14th.

In the opening men's GS race, James Crawford took his turn on top of the podium, while Cooper Yates was third, Max Peiffer fourth, Jonathan Hutchison eighth, Alex Gershon ninth, Carson Llewellyn 11th, Jeffrey Cadman 13th and Graham Brown 15th.

In the second race, Riley Seger was back on top, followed by Jack Crawford. Cameron Alexander was fourth, Cooper Yates fifth, Alex Gershon eighth, Crason Llewellyn ninth and Jeffrey Cadman 11th.

In the opening women's GS, Sarah Kapur was seventh, Claire Baragar eight, Mikayla Martin ninth and Gabby Smith 13th.

In the next GS race, Mikayla Martin put two good runs together to top the podium, while Steffi Fleckenstein was second. Esme McTavish was 10th, Claire Baragar 11th and Gabby Smith 13th.



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