Allen leads Steamboat skiers in win
Despite breaking two boot buckles just before starting Friday’s giant slalom race in Loveland, Steamboat Springs High School ski racer Jenny Allen was able to cruise to a second-place finish, helping her team win the meet.
“It was a little weird turning on my left boot, but it wasn’t that bad,” Allen said after the race. “It was a great day and a lot of fun.”
In what was an otherwise perfect day of racing, Steamboat skiers captured second with Allen, fourth with Priska Sorensen and 12th with Robyn Dye to edge Summit in the final results by a single point.
Steamboat finished with 165 points to Summit’s 164. Katie Hartman, who won the race, led the Summit team along with third-place finisher Shelly Miller.
The race was Steamboat’s fourth of the season and third and final giant slalom race.
Andy White led the Sailors in the boys race with his fifth-place finish. Teammate Wiley Thayer was 12th, and Derek Nickum placed 15th. Ramsey Bernard just missed scoring team points with his 18th-place finish.
White was sitting in sixth place after the first run and knew he needed to pull out the stops for any shot at winning.
“After the first run, I was pretty excited,” White said. “I just wanted to go out and have some fun.”
White said he managed to lay down a solid second run, but Summit’s Spencer Woolwine didn’t surrender any ground and cruised to the victory.
White and his teammates were happy with the showing, but not satisfied.
“I think we were OK with it,” White said. “But we want to do better in our next race.”
The Sailors finished in third place behind first-place Aspen and second-place Summit County.
The Steamboat Alpine skiers have two meets left before state.
The skiers will compete in a slalom race in Eldora on Jan. 28 and then wrap up the regular season with another slalom in Beaver Creek on Feb. 3.
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