WILMINGTON - Skiing on her home course, Beatrix Lever won the Empire State Winter Games' women's giant slalom Saturday at Whiteface Mountain.
Lever, who lives in Wilmington and Montreal, Quebec, is a member of the New York Ski Educational Foundation team based at Whiteface.
Zach Hall of Stratton, Vt., a student at the Stratton Mountain School, won the men's giant slalom.
Northwood School skier David Meola attacks a gate on his way to winning the Empire State Winter Games overall slalom gold medal at Whiteface Mountain. Northwood’s Jordan Roney was second in the race, followed by Jeffrey Swagler of Bristol Mountain and Patrick Burton of Whiteface.
(Photo — Roy Bombard)
Lever's time of 1 minute and 2.36 seconds was the fastest time of the first run. She turned in the second-best time of the second run, 1:05.29 for a combined 2:07.65 that was .30 seconds ahead of Mikayla Lathrop of South Londonderry, Vt., a member of the Stratton Mountain School team. Lathrop had the second-fastest time of the first run and was the leader in the second run for a 2:07.95, but could not overtake Lever.
Hanako Kusumi of the Stratton, Vt. and the Stratton Mountain School was third in 2:11.78.
Hall's consistency gave him a victory by .12 seconds over Zachary Mooney of Charlmotte, Mass. Hall had the second-fastest time of the first run, 1:02.65, and delivered the third-best time on the second run, 1:03.76, to finish with 2:06.41. Mooney was fifth after the first run, but skied his way onto the podium with the second-fastest time of the second run, 1:03.47.
Austin Lilley of Tinton Falls, N.J. led the way in the first run with a time of 1:02.71, but was sixth-fastest in the second run to finish third.
Decker takes first in super-G
Cecily Decker of Saranac Lake and Spencer Smith of the Stratton Mountain School took first place at the super-G Alpine races Friday at Whiteface Mountain.
Smith won the under-16 division with a time of 54.49 seconds. Following Smith were two other Stratton skiers, Hunter Rodrick with a time of 55.91 and Sean Pomerantz with a time of 56.08. In the U18 division, Jake Middleton of Northwood school took first place with a 56.91, followed by Joey Carrier of Bristol Mountain with 57.01. A total of 52 skiers completed the course in the men's race.
Decker led a 1-2-3 finish by athletes from the New York Ski Educational Foundation. With a time of 56.38, she earned a narrow win over Beatrix Lever of Wilmington, who took second place in the U16 division at 56.43. Olivia Reynolds came in third at 58.53. Madison Muxworthy of Bristol Mountain took first place in the U18 division with 59.04. There were 41 women that completed the race.
Armstrong wins biathlon
Nina Armstrong from Lake Placid and Matthew Forshey of Scotia picked up gold medals of the Empire State Winter Games with victories in the biathlon sprint Saturday at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
Friday night, Armstrong and Forshey won the 2.5-kilometer cross-country skiing races at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in Saranac Lake.
Armstrong won the Scholastic Girls biathlon division with a time of 32 minutes and 30 seconds and Forshey finished first in the Scholastic Boys race in 27:52. Following Forshey was Royal McDonnell of Paul Smiths in 29:00.
Eli Walker of Jackson was the Open Men's winner with a time of 36:05. Tom Moffett of Peru was next in 36:36, and Eric Seyse of Scotia took third in 39:13.
The Master Women's division was won Gabriella Fritteli of Gansevoort in 40:05.
Douglas Diehl from Bolton Landing and Sean Halligan of Wilton earned the top two spots in the Master Men competition with times of 34:10 and 35:24. Kevin Walter of Pittsford took third in 51:35.
In the Grandmaster Men division, Brian Wieghsus was first with a time of 36:47, Darwin Roosa of Altamont took second in 40:11 and Thomas Hay of Getzville was third in 41:19.
Omar Bermejo of Caribou, Me. was the Adaptive Men's winner with a time of 32:10.