Gremlins skiers compete in three races Wednesday in Ironwood
IRONWOOD — With the Ironwood Red Devils serving as hosts Wednesday, the Houghton-Hancock Gremlins ski team took part in three different races, the Norway/Pine Mountain Invitational Slalom Race, the Theron Memorial Slalom, and the Peterson Memorial Giant Slalom.
Pine Mountain Invitational
Both the boys and girls teams finished second in the Pine Mountain Invitational Slalom Race. The boys were paced by Reed Heathman, who was the top competitor, and the girls turned in three racers in the Top 7.
Heathman was third after the first run at 38.33. He shaved a little off that time, finishing his second run in 38.17. His combined time of 1:16.50 was over a second faster than Marquette’s Keaton Jones.
Heathman’s second run was only bested by Marquette’s Hayden Kauppila, who finished in 38.01.
Houghton’s John Halloday took 12th with a combined time of 1:39.23. Justus Tropmann finished 15th with a combined time of 1:49.98.
On the girl’s side, Houghton was paced by Lydia Salmi, who was third after the first run (40.67) and third in the second run (40.80), leading to a third-place finish overall (1:21.47).
Isabelle Cleary was better in her first run (44.64) than her second (44.97) and she finished sixth with a combined time of 1:29.61.
Keegan Leonard took seventh with a combined time of 1:30.12. She was strong in her first run (44.64), but struggled to keep pace in her second (45.25).
Theron Memorial Slalom
The boys took third and the girls took second in the day’s second race.
Heathman struggled in his initial run (45.75), but improved significantly in his second (42.30) to take sixth overall (1:28.05). His second run was fourth-best among all racers in that run.
Tropmann finished his first run in 59.49 before improving to 58.67 in his second go around. He took 17th overall with a time of 1:58.16.
Salmi struggled to keep pace in her first run, finishing in 45.00. In her second run, she was actually slower at 45.44, but that time was the third-best any racer put up, so she finished third overall with a combined time of 1:30.44.
Leonard, Cleary, and Shelley Chu all finished with combined times in the Top 9. Leonard had a combined time of 1:36.30, good for seventh. Cleary’s combined time of 1:40.08 was good for eighth.
Of the Top 16 racers for the day, Chu was the only one who had a better second run (51.76) than her first (51.84), helping her to a ninth-place finish overall 1:43.69.
The only other racer to improve in her second run was Houghton’s Brianna Carlson, who finished her second run in 1:07.45 after finishing her first run in 1:08.65.
Peterson Memorial Giant Slalom
In the final race of the day, the Gremlins girls finished second and the boys took fourth.
Salmi again led the girls with a first run of 31.19 and a second run of 31.86, for a combined time of 1:03.05, which was good for third.
Leonard was the only other Gremlins skier to place in the Top 10 as she took eighth with a combined time of 1:05.84.
Chu took 11th with a combined time of 1:07.84, which was just .15 of a second behind the 10th place finisher, Jenna Miller of Marquette.
Heathman paced the boys with a time of 1:00.06, which was good for third. Both of his runs were the third-best on the hill as well.
Tropmann was the second-best Gremlins skier, finishing 18th with a combined time of 1:13.67.