Johnstown skiers post solid showing at Royal

Johnstown's Molly Lake makes her ay through a series of gates on her second run at the Johnstown Invitational Saturday at Royal Mountain Ski Area in Caroga Lake Ski Area. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

CAROGA LAKE — Molly Lake posted a second and a fourth-place finish for the Johnstown Alpine ski team at the annual Johnstown Invitational Saturday at Royal Mountain.

Lake turned in the second-best time of 41.00 in the first run and the fourth fastest time of 41.53 in the second run of the two-run slalom event.

Emily Fleming turned in runs of 46.24 and 47.89 in the event to finish ninth and 12th respectively for the Lady Bills, while Zoe Bartholomew placed 27th in the first run in 1:02.76 and turned in a 1:02.66 in the second run to place 43rd.

Emily Frank recovered from a DNF in the opening race to finish the second run with a time of 57.39 good for 36th place, while Jenna Parslow also came back from a DNF to place 45th in the second run with her time of 1:11.56. Katie Romano also competed for the Lady Bills in the event.

Albany Academy’s Alexa Moynihan topped the podium in both races with her times of 39.73 and 38.94.

Johnstown's Zach Szurek eyes the finish line as he nears the final gates during his second run at the Johnstown Invitational on Saturday at Royal Mountain Ski Area in Caroga Lake. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

On the boys side, the Sir Bills’ Zack Szurek moved up from placing 30th with his opening run of 58.77 to clock a 39.23 on his second run to place fifth.

Peter Vanderburgh placed 15th in the opening run with a time of 44.94 and 27th in the second run with a time of 48.71. Ben Lake turned in a time of 49.80 in the first run and 47.97 in the second run to place 20th and 24th respectively.

Spencer Kotwasinski finished 24th in the opening run with his time of 53.15 and was 34th in the second run with his time of 55.78.

Tyler Kortz recovered from a DNF in the first run to place 25th in the second run with a time of 48.08.

Stillwater’s Ian Montgomery and Lake George/North Warren’s Lane Feldeisen split the individual titles on the day.

Feldeisen on the first run with a time of 36.33, while Montgomery took top honors in the second run with a time of 37.10.

In the team scoring, the Sir Bills placed fifth in the first run standings with 59 points and improved to fourth in the second run standings with 54 points.

Saratoga Springs won both boys team titles with 23 points in the first run and 27 in the second.

The Lady Bills placed fifth in the first-run team standings with 51 points and placed fourth in the second run with 52 points.

Saratoga Springs won both girls team titles, scoring 19 points in both events.

Johnstown will compete in the Queensbury Invitational on Monday night at West Mountain in Queensbury.

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