Three locals crack top-5 at J3 Junior Olympics |

Three locals crack top-5 at J3 Junior Olympics

The best 13-14-year-old alpine skiers from throughout the region are competing this week in Aspen for the Rocky/Central J3 Junior Olympic Championships.

And even though Tuesday’s downhill race had a stacked field, it also had a very Summit County feel.

Three local girls cracked the top-5 of the race, and Patrick Gruber was seventh on the boys’ side.

Team Breckenridge skier Kaitlynn Socket cruised through the course set up on Buttermilk Mountain’s Racer’s Edge and finished with a time of 1 minute 32.01 seconds. She was less than half a second behind Jili Jennerjahn of Taos, N.M., and was awarded a silver meal.

Teammate Katy Harris was just behind her in fourth place, and in fifth place was Team Summit’s Anne Parker.

Gruber finished behind a pack of Aspen skiers – four home hill skiers finished in the boys’ top-5.

Action continued with a super-G competition on Wednesday, and there will be boys’ giant slalom today and girls’ GS on Friday. Slalom races will be on Saturday.

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