BOZEMAN, Mont. — Mission Ridge Ski Team's Gracie Struthers finished 36th and Cole Paton came in 61st on Friday in the girls and boys super-G races, respectively, as the three-day Western Region J3 Junior Championships got underway.
Another Mission Ridge athlete, Delilah Cupp, who came into Friday's super-G ranked No. 8 in the event, failed to finish her run.
The Junior Championships bring together the best J3 skiers (13- and 14-year-olds) from the West. The three Mission Ridge athletes are representing the Pacific Northwest Ski Association at the event.
Luke Winters of Mount Hood, Ore., captured Friday's boys race in 1:06.29. Paton finished in 1:14.38.
The girls race was won by Stephanie Lebby of Big Bear Lake, Calif., in 1:08.58. Struthers clocked a 1:13.95 in her run.
The J3 Junior Championships continue Saturday with giant slalom races at Bridger Bowl.
Western Region J3 Junior ChampionshipsBig Sky Resort, Mont.FridaySuper-GBoys1. Luke Winters, Mount Hood, Ore., 1:06.29; 2. Pieter Weemaes, Sugar Bowl, Calif., 1:06.52; 3. Zac Kelly, Mammoth Mountain, Calif, 1:06.54. Mission Ridge Ski Team finishers — 61. Cole Paton, 1:14.38
Girls1. Stephanie Lebby, Big Bear Lake, Calif., 1:08.58; 2. Isabella Wright, Jackson Hole, Wyo., 1:08.87; 3. Maureen Lebel, Sugar Bowl, Calif., 1:09.17; 3. Juliette Parke, Anchorage, Alaska, 1:09.17. Mission Ridge Ski Team finishers — 36. Gracie Struthers, 1:13.95
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