Club sends 11 Nordic skiers to Nationals
Steamboat Springs — Nearly a dozen Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic skiing athletes punched their tickets to this winter’s Junior Nationals event thanks to their performances Saturday and Sunday at a qualifier event in Aspen.
Finn O’Connell, Jimmy Colfer, Lars Hannah, Simon Zink, Evan Barbier, Jordi Floyd, Anna Burkholder, Kathleen O’Connell, Noel Keeffe, Wyatt Gebhardt and Tyler Terranova will compete at the event, set to take place next month in Truckee, California.
The weekend was especially important to Finn O’Connell’s and Colfer’s hopes.
O’Connell placed ninth in the U18 division of a 10K Classic skiing interval start race Saturday while Colfer was seventh in a U16 5K version. O’Connell was fourth in a 10K freestyle race Sunday while Colfer was fifth.
That helped them over the hump and onto California.
Leading the way for the club on the weekend was Hannah, who won his fifth consecutive regional race Saturday, taking the U20 10K classic event.
Barbier was third at U18, just ahead of Zink in fourth place.
Floyd was second on the women’s side in the U18 10K classic race and Burkholder fifth.
Keeffe was second, Terranova third and Gebhardt fourth in the U16 race while Cooper Jones was eighth at U14, Wally Magill third at U12 and Grey Barbier second at U10.
Waverly Gebhardt won the girls U14 division, Avery Harrington was second, Reilly Mewborn sixth, Anna Terranova ninth and Annika Malacinski 10th. Sidney Barbier placed ninth in the U12 race, and Shea Sias won the U8 division.
Zink won the U18 10K skate race on Sunday and Barbier was ninth.
Kathleen O’Connell was fourth in the U18 girls race, Floyd sixth and Burkholder eighth. Maggie Morton was 13th in the U16 girls race. In the U14 girls race, Harrington won a dash to the finish, just ahead of her teammate, Gebhardt, who was second. Mewborn was sixth and Annika Malacinski ninth. Sidney Barbier was 12th at U12 and Sias first at U8.
On the boy side, Keeffe won the U16 boys division, Wyatt Gebhardt was second and Tyler Terranova fourth.
Cooper Jones was 12th at U14, Magill fourth at U12 and, at U10, Grey Barbier first and Grady Piva sixth.
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