Sailors boys and girls skiers each finish 9th at state |

Sailors boys and girls skiers each finish 9th at state

— The Colorado high school state skiing championships are a two-day, all-day grind.

And as typically is the case, the Steamboat Springs Sailors squad took few breaks in what ended up being pretty rough conditions this weekend at Keystone.

The Steamboat girls nearly swept the Skimeister competition, an award handed out to the top Alpine-Nordic hybrid skiers at the annual championships.

Lindsey Adler was the top one-two Skimeister punch, followed by team captain McKenzie Millard in third, Katie Brodie in fourth and Mariah Hoots in fifth. The Sailors’ Micah Gibbons took third on the boys side in the Skimeister.

On Friday’s opening-day races, Millard led the way in the giant slalom, finishing 16th (1:27.3). Adler was 46th, Hoots was 50th and Paige VanArsdale was 67th. Channing Conner was Steamboat’s top boys giant slalom finisher, taking 16th (1:25.7). Riley Brodie was 27th, Micah Gibbons was 32nd and Rio Grabb was 59th.

Junior Natalie Bohlmann was the team leader in the Nordic skate ski race, also held Friday. She crossed in 18:05.7, good enough for 12th. Katie Brodie wasn’t too far behind in 16th, while Hoots finished 24th, Eliza Leeson 26th, Millard 35th and Adler 36th.

In the boys skate race, Peter Myller was 31st, Gibbons 39th, Tanner Ricahrd 50th, Ben Lingle 52nd and Riley Brodie 59th.

“State is just tough,” Sailors Nordic coach Harry Niedl said. “It’s so tough, especially for the Skimeisters to race all day Alpine then go to Nordic. They were super exhausted.”

Weather conditions got a little testy during Saturday’s state finale. As a team, the girls slipped from sixth to ninth, and the boys dropped a place from eighth to ninth.

Saturday kicked off with the girls slalom, where Adler had a two-run time of 1:15.6, just off the top-10 pace for 13th overall. Hoots was 25th, and VanArsdale was 55th.

Two of the Sailors’ four boys slalom racers were able to complete their two runs as Channing Conner took 18th and Riley Brodie finished 44th.

Competition wrapped up in the afternoon with the Nordic classic race, where Bohlmann recorded Steamboat’s best finish of the two-day event. She completed the course in 24:46 and was seventh, just off the medal pace. Bohlmann was followed by Katie Brodie in 11th, Leeson in 18th, Adler in 22nd, Hoots in 26th and Millard in 46th.

The boys had a tougher time cracking the top half of the classic race starters. Myller was the Sailors’ top racer with a 34th-place time. Tait Dixson was just behind in 38th, while Gibbons took 45th, Lingle 47th and Richard 51st.

“They’re all awesome kids, and they like what they do,” Niedl said, already looking forward to rebuilding his squad next year with plenty of athletes graduating. “They know it’s tough.”

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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