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Rocky Mountain College ski teams chase regional championships in Red Lodge

Posted at 6:14 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 20:17:08-05

(RMC Athletics release)

BILLINGS – Rocky Mountain College looks to continue its successful season at the USCSA Western Region Championships this week.

Starting Thursday and continuing through Saturday, 18 teams and 160 athletes will compete in three days of alpine ski racing at Red Lodge Mountain. This is the first time since 2016 that Red Lodge Mountain has hosted the Western Regional Championships.

The women’s giant slalom races will take place on Thursday followed by the men’s on Friday. The men’s and women’s slalom competitions will both take place on Saturday.

Rocky’s Andraz Reich-Pogladic will attempt to repeat his success from last year. In 2018, the senior from Velerje, Slovenia won titles in both giant slalom and slalom races. Sean McCormick joined his teammate on the podium with a second place finish in the giant slalom.

Rocky’s Lisa Hitula swept the slalom and giant slalom titles last year. Emeline Lafarge will look to step into her shoes this year and lead the Battlin’ Bears to victory.

The top four teams will advance to the 2019 USCSA National Championships at the Snow King Resort in Wyoming. Rocky’s ski racing teams have swept the USCSA Championships the past two years. The men have won the past three championships while the women have won the past two.