Decker cleans up at state meet

WILMINGTON – Cecily Decker of Saranac Lake had a huge weekend at in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association under-16 state championships.

Decker opened the meet Friday with a victory in both super-G competitions at Whiteface Mountain. She came back Saturday with first-place finish in the giant slalom, then finished Sunday in Saranac Lake by winning the slalom.

NYSEF skier Colden Mrak was first in one of the two super-G races on Friday and won the men’s slalom on Sunday.

Decker won Sunday’s slalom race with a two-run time of 1 minute, 22.72 seconds in an event that was loaded with local finishers at the top of the leaderboard. Beatrix Lever placed third in 1:26.03, Sheila Decker was fourth in 1:27.01, Maris Van Slyke was eighth in 1:29.92 and Jillian Barile was 11th in 1:31.70.

Cecily Decker won the giant slalom with a combined time of 2:07.75. Lever was third in 2:10.98 and Sheila Decker was 10th in 2:19.78.

In the super-G, Decker flew down the mountain with a time of 57.13 seconds, beating runner-up Patricia Mangan who clocked a 57.74. Lever was third in 59.80, while Van Slyke of Northwood was 10th, Sheila Decker was 13th and Barile was 14th.

Mrak won one of the super-G races Friday, then finished second in the other with a time of 56.58, just behind winner William Mangan, who clocked a 56.52. Ben Meyer of National Sports Academy finished 14th in 1:00.08 and Austin Swirsky was 17th in 1:00.22.

The weekend events determined who was to be selected to the Junior Olympic teams.