Ashland girls claim combined, eye title

MOUNT ASHLAND — The Ashland High girls won the combined team slalom Thursday, putting the Grizzlies in position to capture their second title in three years at the OISRA Alpine Ski state championships at Mount Ashland.

The Grizzlies' combined time of 4 minutes, 3.26 seconds, a time calculated by adding two runs by the team's top three skiers, was more than 10 seconds faster than runner-up South Medford (4:15:13) and third-place Jesuit (4:17.44).

The state meet concludes today with the girls giant slalom and boys slalom.

Ashland's Maddie Hunkele, Trueda Pollard and Frida Graumann were clocked at 2:04.57 on their first run, and Pollard, Graumann and Meadow Sylvan finished the second run in 1:58.69.

For South Medford, Madison Eaton, Elizabeth Beattie and Anna Rose combined for a 2:15.14 on their first run and 1:59.99 on their second.

Lakeridge edged Hood River by two seconds to claim the boys combined giant slalom, 4:42.24 to 4:44.27.

Ashland's fifth-place showing in 4:56.11 was the best by a Southern League team, while South Medford (5:13.05) took seventh.

Noah Catropa, Ian Rinefort and Curtis Hills led the way for the Grizz boys.

Oregon Episcopal School's Sami Woodring claimed the individual girls slalom title by completing her two runs in a combined 1:14.12.

Pollard, who placed fourth in 1:19.58, was the top local performer, while Amelia Volk of Phoenix placed sixth in 1:20.18.

Montana Kurahara of Hood River won the boys giant slalom with a combined 1:26.59.

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