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Saranac Lake’s Land, Fogarty win at Pisgah

Saranac Lake’s Cole VanEtten skis in the first run of Monday’s high school slalom racing at Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake. VanEtten placed sixth in the boys field. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake’s Andrew Fogarty and Mayah Land skied to victories Monday evening in high school alpine racing under the lights at the Mount Pisgah Ski Center.

More than 80 boys and girls student-athletes competed in the two-heat slalom race, which was held on great snow and mild temperatures. Schools represented included host Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, which make up Section VII, and Section III teams from Old Forge, Holland Patent, Lowville, Manlius Pebble Hill, Camden and South Lewis.

Fogarty and Land both won by solid margins.

Fogarty put down runs of 36.1 and 36.39 seconds for a winning 1:12.49 combined time. Andrew Benincasa of Manlius Pebble Hill was runner-up with a 1:16.34 total and Tyler Kane of Old Forge finished third in 1:19.99.

Cole VanEtten took sixth place for Saranac Lake in 1:25.25. Dan Kelleher was the top finisher for Lake Placid, placing 12th. Red Storm skiers Evan Hochwald, Will Memis and Blake McIntosh all finished in the top 20.

Gisele Munson of Saranac Lake nears the finish line during the first run of Monday’s girls high school slalom competition at Mount Pisgah. She finished 13th. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Land won the girls race by more than three seconds. She turned in runs of 41.34 and 42.13 seconds for a winning 1:23.47 total. Lowville’s Angelica DeGuardia placed second in 1:26.88 and Hannah Kane of Old Forge finished third in 1:27.76.

Gisele Munson placed 13th for Saranac Lake and Lake Placid’s Ellie Bousquet finished in 19th place.

Many skiers from the same schools will be back racing on the slopes Tuesday in a high school competition at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington.

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