Fuller scores top-5 finish in opening race of season

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Folsom’s Jordan Fuller braved very inclement weather and an extremely rough course to take fifth place among the J3s and 35th overall from over 200 racers in the USSA Far West Mid-J3 “Open” Slalom race held at Boreal Mountain Resort last weekend. With some of the best college racers from the West Coast competing, Fuller laid down two excellent runs, backing up his morning run of 42. 49 seconds with an afternoon run of 43.28 on a course that was not reset due to delays in running the race because of poor weather, difficulty clearing the course of fallen racers and course holds due to zero visibility. Fuller’s result was his first sub 100 point race of his racing career and positions him for an excellent start slot in the upcoming “Wild, Wild West” Junior Olympic Qualifier Series where your starting order is determined by lowest points first. Sunday’s race was cancelled due to continued bad weather, very heavy snow accumulation and very poor visibility with gusts exceeding 80 mph causing whiteout conditions, making it too dangerous to travel the roads to and from the event. Saturday’s strong finish caped a good week for Fuller, helping his under-15 select soccer team, the Folsom Fury, make it to the District Cup championship game and him being named earlier that week to receive the USSA Far West Master’s Scholarship for 2009-2010 race season. The scholarship seeks to recognize and encourage excellence in academics and athletics. Fuller’s strong showing last year as a first year J3 in USSA West Region and his recognition for a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout his three years at Sutter Middle School was good enough to take the prize. The scholarship is intended to help defray the cost of the standard race start fees and also help cover the cost of travel and special invitation only events like Junior Olympics and other elite regional and national races. Fuller is back on the slopes five days later with the season’s first Giant Slalom race, another Mid-J3 “Open” event with the regions best 13 year old to 22 year old college racers, at Mammoth Mountain on Dec. 19 and 20.