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Steamboat comes on strong at Junior Olympic qualifying event

— Korie Steitz led Steamboat this weekend in two Junior Olympic qualifying events and a high school competition in cross-country skiing.

In just her second high school competition, the freshman took a first in the high school event at Devil’s Thumb Thursday and two second places in the Junior Olympics races for the 14 to 15 division.

“It was hard, but it was fun,” Steitz said. “My skis were really fast.”

On Friday, Steitz took a second place in the Grand Lake Classic by putting in a time of 20:59 in the 5K race. She repeated the finish on Saturday in the Devil’s Thumb Freestyle race when her time of 19:44 put her in second place, just three seconds slower than the winner Crested Butte’s Ashley Quiggley.

Steitz’s time of 19:44, however, was good enough for first for the high school division.

Also finishing well for the Steamboat Springs High School team was sophomore Austin Ross, whose time of 17:29 in the 5K race gave him a fourth place, the highest finish for the boys.

Ross’ time also took fourth in Saturday’s Junior Olympic competition for the14 to 15 division. In the Grand Lake race, Ross took second with a time of 18:12.

Steamboat’s Paul Rose had a strong performance in the Junior Olympic events. In the 12 to 13 age division, Rose’s time of 10:50 earned him a first place in the 3K race as he beat out the second-place finisher by nine seconds.

“I did really well in the classic race in Grand Lake. I actually think it has improved. My classic skiing is all just flowing together for me,” Rose said.

On Saturday, Rose took a second place with a time of 6:31 in the 3K race as Steamboat’s Paul Berry beat him by four seconds for first place.

Saturday’s freestyle event at Devil’s Thumb had racers competing on hard, cold snow at an elevation of 9,000 feet.

“As of yesterday, I thought (the Grand Lake) course was hard. But compared to today, it was nothing,” Sarah McCarthy said.

McCarthy, in the 14 to 15 division, took a fourth in the Grand Lake race with a time of 21:50 and took another fourth in Friday’s race with a time of 20:24.

Some of Steamboat’s younger racers also fared well in the Junior Olympic competitions held Friday and Saturday. Lucy Newman, J6, Garrison Osteen, J6, Zeb Tipton, J6, and Emma Lichtenfels, J5, captured first places.

This weekend’s races are a series of events used to qualify for the national Junior Olympics in March.

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