Decker dominates for ESWG gold
WILMINGTON – Cecily Decker dominated the competition on her home mountain Friday, capturing the Empire State Winter Games women’s slalom gold medal at Whiteface Mountain.
Decker of Saranac Lake won with a two-run time of 1 minute, 19.76 seconds to beat runner-up Amie Lonza of St. Lawrence University who clocked a 1:24.32. Hannah Feinberg, a Northwood School student from Saranac Lake, was third in 1:25.18.
Dylan Murtha, a St. Lawrence University student from Truckee, Calif., won the gold medal in the men’s competition with a two-run time of 1 minute, 15 seconds against a field of 52 skiers.
Murtha broke out of a first run tie with Nicholas Barclay on the Draper’s Drop trail and posted the only sub-40 second final leg. Barclay of Pittsford took the silver medal in 1:16.54. Kelton Donohue, of Bolton, who attends Northwood School in Lake Placid, had the bronze medal time of 1:16.65.
The Empire State Winter Games giant slalom races began Saturday morning at Whiteface Mountain, kicking off on 20 inches of freshly fallen snow.
The ladies race started the action where Patricia Mangan, an under-16 athlete from Derby, had the fastest time of the day earning her the gold medal in both the U-16 and overall categories. Mangan had a combined time of 1 minute, 52:09 seconds for her two runs down Draper’s Drop. Gibson Donnan of Piffard followed in the overall division with a time of 1:53:03 to claim the silver medal, leaving competitor and bronze medalist Kalen Griffin, of Lake Placid, merely two-tenths of a second behind.
The silver medal among the ladies U16 athletes was awarded to Ingrid Donnan, who completed the course in 1:54:95. Shortly after, Sheila Decker of Saranac Lake clinched the bronze medal with a time of 2:01:53.
The men’s races for GS concluded the morning where Kelton Donohue, a student at Northwood School in Lake Placid, seized the gold in the overall category with a time of 1:45:25 coming off of a bronze medal finish in Friday’s slalom event. Dylan Murtha, a St. Lawrence University student from Truckee, Calif., was quick to follow barely one-tenth of a second behind. Loudon Fruth, also a SLU student, finished in third with a time of 1:46:40 and claimed the bronze.
In the men’s U-16 division, Harry Armstrong of Toronto, Ont., took the gold with a time of 1:50:84. In second place a second behind was Joey Carrier of Victor who finished with a combined time 1:51:84. Jacob Hopfinger, from the Bristol area, finished third with a time of 1:52:83 and took home the bronze medal.
Landon Livreri and Gabby Armstrong took home two gold medals each in Thursday’s Empire State Winter Games competitions at the Olympic Jumping Complex on the K20 and K48 hills.
Livreri, a J4 (ages 10-11) from Lake Placid, won his age group with jumps of 19.0 meters and 19.5 meters on the K20. He had jumps of 46.5 and 45.0 meters on the K48 hill in the J3 age group (12-13) for overall scores of 130.8 points and 209.6 points, respectively.
Armstrong, a J2 (ages 14-15) also from Lake Placid, won the Open Women’s categories with jumps of 18.5 meters and 19.0 meters on the K20 hill and jumps of 39.0 and 40.0 meters on the K48 for overall scores of 117.0 and 101.1 points, respectively.
On the K20, taking gold in the J5 (ages 8-9) division was Payton Thurston of Whiting, with jumps of 16.0 and 14.5 meters and an overall score of 87.4 points. His brother, Grant Thurston, was close behind, with jumps of 14.5 and 14.0 meters and an overall score of 75.3. Rounding out the top three was Chris Byrne of Lake Placid, with jumps of 7.0 meters and 10.0 meters and an overall score of 18.6.
Taking the silver in the J4 division was Matt White of Lake Placid, with jumps of 16.5 and 17.0 meters and an overall score of 101.8. In third place was Noah King, of Salisbury, with jumps of 10.0 meters and 9.5 meters and an overall score of 31.1 points.
Taking the gold in the Open division was Trent White, a J2 from Lake Placid, with jumps of 19.5 and 20.0 meters and a total score of 136.1. In second place was Beckett Ledger, a J3 also from Lake Placid, with two jumps of 19.0 meters and a total of 129.4 points. The bronze went to Scott Schulz, a J3 from Lake Placid, with jumps of 18.5 meters and 18.0 meters and an overall score of 119.2.
On the K48 hill, Ledger took the silver in the J3 (ages 12-13) category, with jumps of 40.0 and 42.5 meters and a score of 176.8 points. Completing the top three was Schulz, with jumps of 38.0 meters and 37.0 meters for 143.8 points.
Karl Schulz of Lake Placid took home the gold in the J2 division, jumping 44.5 and 42.5 meters and an overall score of 188.2 points. Trent White was close behind, with jumps of 40.0 meters and 44.5 meters and an overall score of 180.7.
A.J. King of Salisbury took the bronze with jumps of 39.0 and 40.0 meters and an overall score of 152.6 points. The cross country ski portion of the Nordic Combined, which will be based on the results of Thursday’s jumping, will take place today.
The Adirondack Region ended a perfect run Sunday to the gold medal in the Empire State Winter Games women’s hockey tournament by defeating Western New York, 5-2, at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.
New York City skated to the silver medal, while Western collected the bronze.
Adirondack and Western traded a pair of goals each midway through the contest. Monique Rafferty of Saratoga Springs and Christin Sharlow of Potsdam, gave Adirondack one goal leads, but Western’s Katie Stack, of Corfu, responded both times to knot the score.
Rafferty’s second marker of the contest midway through the middle stanza turned out to be the gold-medal winning goal for Adirondack. Andrea Kilbourne-Hill, of Saranac Lake, a 2002 Olympic silver medalist, and Tara Akstull, of Clifton Park, completed the scoring for the tournament champions.
Adirondack pounded Western New York goaltender Ashley Schneegold, of Tonawanda, with 48 shots, while Western had 12 shots on goal.