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Steamboat Springs Alpine ski team places first in team results

Led by Andy White’s second-place finish, the Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski team raced to victory during slalom races in Winter Park on Jan. 7.

White’s finish, a fourth-place finish from Cory McConnell and a 10th from Ramsey Bernard helped the Sailors place first in the team results with 169 points. Kris Allen was 12th in the race, but his points did not count toward the team’s result.

Middle Park was second with 143 points, and Summit was third with 138 points. Summit’s Josh Stuhr won the race.

The Steamboat girls also captured first place in the Jan. 7 races thanks to top finishes from Kathleen Lyon, who finished second; Jenny Allen, who was sixth; and Robyn Dye, who came in seventh. Katie Conrath placed ninth, Lauren Letson was 10th, and Priska Sorenson was 15th.

The girls won the meet with a score of 168, Aspen was second with 154, and Summit came in third with 150 points. Battle Mountain’s Christa Ghent won the slalom race.

The teams raced at Aspen Highlands on Friday, but results were not available at press time.

The cross-country teams both placed fifth in classic races at the Snow Mountain Ranch on Jan. 8.

Kyle Steitz led the Steamboat boys with a third-place finish and a time of 17:17.4, Justin Kraus was 14th, and Clay Whiddon placed 37th.

Kevin Soller won the race in a time of 16:30.7, helping Summit High School take the team title with a score of 168 points. Middle Park was second with 157, and Lake County placed third with 154 points.

Steamboat finished with 144 points.

Steamboat’s Melissa Krause placed second with a time of 19:56.1. Her teammate Conrath, who is also an Alpine skier, placed 28th, and Leigh Ann Smith placed 41st.

Summit’s Briana Perkins won the race in a time of 18:52.9, helping the Tigers place first with 171 points. Middle Park was second with 160 points, and Battle Mountain finished third with 153 points. Steamboat finished with 139 points in the squad’s second meet of the season.

The cross-country teams will compete in a classic race today at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in the third of five races this season. The teams also will compete in a freestyle event in Nederland on Jan. 29 and a pursuit race in Lake County on Feb. 5.

–To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com


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