WMSC skiers top Parson’s, Enquist races 

Strong results in speed and technical events

The Whistler Mountain Ski Club hosted four days of racing last week, including back-to-back Parson’s Memorial super G competitions on Thursday and Friday, and the Enquist Slalom on Saturday and Sunday. Ski clubs from Zone 5, including Whistler, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, took part.

The Enquist is usually held at Mount Seymour but was moved to Whistler because of the low snowpack in the Lower Mainland.

In the first super G on Thursday, there was a tie for first in the men’s event with Whistler J1 (age 15 and 16) Ben Podborski and K2 (age 13 and 14) Morgan Pridy both finishing with times of one minute, 6.34 seconds.

Whistler’s Benjamin MacLean was third overall and second among the K2s with a time of 1:06.59. Philip Matejko of Cypress was fourth overall and third among K2s.

Joining Podborski on the J1 podium were Smith Milner, sixth overall and second in his category, and Matthew Bowe of Grouse in third.

Whistler skiers counted for eight of the top-15 spots.

In the women’s first super G the WMSC’s Jennifer Mah, a J1, was first overall by more than a second and a half with a time of 1:07.13. Her teammate Katrina Dekur, another J1, was second with a 1:08.81. Deborah Bayliss made it a podium sweep with a time of 1:09.29.

For the K2s, WMSC’s Victoria Whitney was third overall and first in her category with a 1:09.19. Calindy Ramsden and Abigail Cameron, made it another podium sweep for the club with times of 1:10.16 and 1:10.49.

Whistler skiers claimed all but two of the top-15 spots.

On day two of racing K2 Benjamin MacLean stepped up as the top racer with a time of 1:03.61. Morgan Pridy was the second K2 in 1:04.10, and Philip Matejko of Cypress third in 1:04.89.

Michael Kearney led a WMSC sweep of the J1 category with his time of 1:03.61. Ben Podborski was second in 1:04.14 and Smith Milner third in 1:05.18.

When all the times were tallied, the Bob Parsons Memorial Trophy was presented to the winners. The top men’s K2 was Ben MacLean, the top woman was Jen Mah and the top J1 was Ben Podborski.

The K1 (age 11 and 12) also took part in the Enquist Slalom on Saturday, with a field of close to 100 racers. The K2 and J1 athletes raced on Sunday. Volunteers kept the race moving smoothly throughout the day, with up to two racers on the course at any given time and no shortage of volunteers fixing the gates and slipping out the ruts.

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