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Sailors Nordic ski team overcomes obstacles, takes home top finishes

Zoe Bennett-Manke skis her way to the first top-five finish of her high school career, taking fourth overall at a 5-kilometer skate ski race hosted by Battle Mountain High School at Maloit Park near Minturn on Saturday, Jan. 19. (Courtesy photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic ski team competed at Minturn in a wave start skate hosted by Battle Mountain on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Team results

Girls teams
1. Battle Mountain 174
2. Steamboat 166
3. Aspen 158
4. Middle Park 145
5. Lake County 136

Boys teams
1. Battle Mountain 160
2. Aspen 153
2. Durango 153
4. Middle Park 147
4. Steamboat Springs 147
6. Evergreen 138

The Sailors girls team took second overall out of 14 schools, and the boys team claimed fourth overall out of 15 schools at the competition despite a few key crashes.

Senior Winter Boese held the top spot in her race until falling victim to her shin injury and crashing, but Boese would still finish the race in second place.

Zoe Bennett-Manke finished in the top five for the girls team, and Maggi Congdon rounded out the scoring with a 13th-place finish. Eight of the nine girls who raced qualified for state championships.

Wyatt Mortenson led the boys team with a seventh-place finish despite crashing three times on the course. Chase Weynand came close to a top-10 finish, claiming 11th place. Six boys would qualify for state.

The Sailors return to action Saturday, Jan. 26 at Snow Mountain Ranch, hosted by Middle Park.

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email lvann@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @LVann_Sports.


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