Charlotte Seymour raced for Outlaws at Willamette Pass. PHOTO BY JACK TURPEN
Charlotte Seymour raced for Outlaws at Willamette Pass. PHOTO BY JACK TURPEN
The Outlaws boys and girls ski teams took first-place honors in the giant slalom held at Hoodoo Ski Area on Wednesday, January 18, and three days later posted first-place finishes at Willamette Pass Ski Area.

In Wednesday’s giant slalom at Hoodoo, skiers raced in stormy weather with lots of new snow, and both the boys and girls teams emerged as first-place winners.

The combined run one and run two overall first- place winner of the day on the boys’ side was Joe Barnes of Philomath High School with a combined time of 1:28.16. Sisters’ Styopa Myagkov made a big step up in the order and posted the fastest combined time for the Outlaws with a second place finish and a time of 1:29.32. Bela Chladek had some technical errors on both runs, but still managed to pull off a third-place finish with a combined time of 1:29.32.

Corbin Fredland took fourth (1:31.99), Brody Duey came in seventh (1:36.40), Gus Patton took ninth (1:37.02), and Emerson Backus finished 10th (1:38.07).

On the girls’ side, Morgan Shaw of Ridgeview took first (1:32.92), and leading the Outlaws for a third- place finish was second-year racer Ella Eby (1:35.21). Tallis Grummer took fourth (1:36.47), Charlotte Seymour placed seventh (1:39.01), Presley Adelt finished ninth (1:41.68), Ava Riehle took 12th (1:42.14), and Tatum Cramer finished in 13th place (1:42.15).

Coach Gabe Chladek said, “Ella (Eby) and Styopa (Myagkov) are both natural athletes. They both have been working hard on clean lines and technique and the practice is paying off.”

Three days later the Outlaws skiers participated in a slalom race at Willamette Pass Ski Area, and again both the boys and girls swept the event with first-place team scores.

Bela Chladek was the first-place winner of the day for the boys with a combined time of 2:20.51. Corbin Fredland took second (1:20.79), and Styopa Myagkov took third (2:20.81). Remaining scores were: Gus Patton, seventh (2:36.81); Brody Duey, ninth (2:39.57); and Spencer Tisdel 10th (2:43.36).

The overall girls winner was Morgan Shaw of Ridgeview (2.27.43). The Outlaws’ Tallis Grummer took second (2:30.86), Presley Adelt, was third (2:32.58); Ella Eby, fourth (2:40.90); Araiya Grummer, fifth (2:45.71); Ava Riehle, eighth (2:50.91); and Charlotte Seymour finished 11th (2:53.47).

Coach Gabe Chladek said, “The Sisters varsity teams had a very strong season last year and are returning this season with the same top racers and appear to be setting up for an even stronger season this year. It’s really exciting to see younger, second-year racers like Ella Eby and Styopa Myagkov bring in top varsity finishes so early in the season!”

Chladek added, “Eighth- grader Pia Grummer raced as a provisional forerunner and logged what would have been an eighth-place finish in the high school finish order.”

The Outlaws JV squad also skied very well. According to Chladek, they all showed big improvements with some of them finishing in the top 20. JV racers who competed on the girls’ side were Payton Adelt, Mae Roth, Kiara Martin, Lauren Sitz, Teagen Welsh, Kate Singleton, Brooke Duey, Pidge Henderson, Freda Peterson, Rebecca Clausen, Molly Greaney, and Annie Cohen. John Berg, Joseph Kerksen, Kellen Petke, Jack Turpen, Hudson Hayes, and Carrick McGee competed for the boys.

The next Alpine ski race for the Outlaws will be on Saturday, January 28, at Willamette Pass.