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Sailors skiers dominate at home

Boys, girls win Alpine titles at Howelsen Hill

Joel Reichenberger
Steamboat's Cassady Daley bobs between gates Friday as the Steamboat Springs High School alpine team opened its season with a home slalom event at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat.
Joel Reichenberger

SSHS Alpine skiing results


1. Sam Glaisher, Steamboat Springs, 1:32.47

2. Tommy Lyon, Steamboat Springs, 1:37.85

3. Christoph Neiderhauser, Battle Mountain, 1:39.62

4. Jeffrey Gay, Steamboat Springs, 1:40.58

7. Mark Dennis, Steamboat Springs

8. Nelson Kane, Steamboat Springs

9. Daniel Wright, Steamboat Springs

13. Alec Schaffer, Steamboat Springs

14. Hunter Willis, Steamboat Springs

16. Tim Scalo, Steamboat Springs

21. Jasper Gantick, Steamboat Springs

26. Ryan Hogrefe, Steamboat Springs

30. Eric Samuelson, Steamboat Springs


1. Chrissy Ford, Steamboat Springs, 1:40.62

2. Linnea Dixson, Steamboat Springs, 1:45.11

3. Cassady Daley, Steamboat Springs, 1:45.56

5. Sarah Dixson, Steamboat Springs, 1:49.87

7. Hanna Burgund, Steamboat Springs, 1:50.96

8. Jamie Gay, Steamboat Springs, 1:51.03

14. Kailey Fischer, Steamboat Springs, 2:03.33

24. Jessie Dunlop, Steamboat Springs, 2:11.98

28. Julie Cooper, Steamboat Springs, 2:16.81

— The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine team’s season was born Friday into a cold, gusty and overcast morning.

That did little to dampen the Sailors’ celebration once the first competition was in the books.

Steamboat swept to victory, ripping up the course on its home powder at Howelsen Hill. By the time it was finished, the team had captured the boys and girls team championships, as well as five of the six podium positions and boys and girls individual championships.

“We completely killed it,” said Steamboat senior Chrissy Ford, who dashed to first in the girls division and led the way for a Sailors sweep.

Ford won her race by nearly five seconds, besting teammate Linnea Dixson.

Junior Sam Glaisher won the boys title, finishing five seconds ahead of teammate Tommy Lyon.

“I just tried to go for it and not hold anything back on my first run,” said Glaisher, who record the fastest time on both runs. “On the first run, I knew I would have one of the top times. Then on the second, I was a little worried.”

One of the main avenues for victory turned out to be simply making it down the steep, icy slopes of Howelsen.

Ford entered the final of her two runs in second place, but the only racer to record a faster first-run time than she did, Battle Mountain’s Celine Guilmineau, fell and lost her ski 75 percent of the way down the run.

Many others in the 125-racer field tore down the slope without as much on the line but met a similar fate. Racer after racer skidded out near the top of the course on the first run. The second, meanwhile, featured a series of sharp turns that had skiers climbing back up hill in a time-devouring effort to correct mistakes.

“I had a little bump on my first run, but I was able to pull it together and still come in second, then finish first after the second run,” Ford said. “That’s how ski racing works. It’s the racer that has the least amount of mistakes.”

Steamboat’s Cassady Daley followed Dixson in for third place while her sister, skimeister competitor Sarah Dixson, finished fifth, two seconds out of fourth place. Hanna Burglund, of Steamboat, was seventh, and Jamie Gay was eighth.

It all amounted to a comfortable victory. The girls team finished with 177 points, ahead of Vail Mountain’s 168.

The Steamboat boys were buoyed by Jeffrey Gay in fourth, Mark Dennis in seventh, Nelson Kane in eighth and Daniel Wright in ninth.

The team finished with 176 points, better than second-place Battle Mountain’s 169.

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