Sailors skiers race to 1st in Winter Park event with eye on state championships |

Sailors skiers race to 1st in Winter Park event with eye on state championships

Members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls Alpine ski team take a moment to pose for a photograph after winning the race last weekend in Winter Park. Skiers included, from left, Caroline Lupori, Thyme Zuschlag, Olivia Flake, AnnMarie Hackworthy, Sophia Gowdy, Cat Reed, Ashley Spiegel, Corey Petix, Ella Pietras and Amy Speer. Amber Elliott is not pictured.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine girls ski team placed three skiers in the top-10 at a giant slalom race in Winter Park Friday en route to taking first place in the final team standings.

"There is a very good chance that the girls could podium at state," Sailors coach Mike Farny said. "We have not had all the schools together on the Alpine side this year, but I feel pretty good about this team.”

Last week, the Sailors were led by senior Olivia Flake, who claimed a second-place finish after posting a time of 2 minutes 27.69 seconds. She was followed by sophomore Ella Pietras in fifth (2:30.74) and senior Ashley Spiegel in 10th (2:34.43).

The top finishes helped the Sailors collect 166 points to slip past second-place Battle Mountain with 165 and third-place Middle Park with 158.

Battle Mountain's Sharon Rodney crossed the finish line just nine one-100s of a second before Flake to win the race with a time a 2:27.60.

Other top Steamboat finishers included senior Amy Speer in 13th (2:38.98), freshman Sophia Gowdy in 20th (2:43.59), sophomore AnnMarie Hackworthy in 23rd (2:44.84), senior Thyme Zuschlag in 26th (2:46.05), junior Caroline Lapori in 38th (2:54.21), junior Corey Petix in 44th (3:01.44) and senior Cat Reed in 47th (3:13.17).

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"We have three girls that could potentially be in the top five at state," Farny said. "It's just a matter of them putting together their best finishes on that day."

Right now, Farny said the team is working on getting faster before the state meet and helping some of the Sailors remaining skiers make the final cut. The team has qualified 11 out of 18 skiers on the team

The Steamboat Springs boys team skied to fifth place in the meet with 147 points. Vail Mountain School won with 176 points followed by Battle Mountain with 163 pints and Nederland with 158 points.

"We have a really young boys team. Basically, we have four freshmen and a sophomore," Farny said. "They are doing great when they finish, and we are usually getting two in the top 15, sometimes three, which for our freshmen athletes is  really impressive."

The boy's race was won by Vail Mountain School senior Michael Resnick, who finished the race with a time of 2:19.19.

The top Steamboat finisher was freshman Kai Scott in ninth at 2:29.82. Sailor Alden Wade, a freshman, was 30th at 2:43.45, and Sam Clyncke was 34th at 2:44.53. Other Steamboat finishers included freshman Luke St. John in 48th (2:58.54) and sophomore Joey Berlett was 54th (3:07.19).

The giant slalom race in Winter Park marked the highlight for the girls team so far this season. The team has also enjoyed a second-place finish in Aspen during a giant slalom race and third-place finishes in slalom races in Steamboat Springs and Vail. The team was also third in a giant slalom race in Beaver Creek earlier this season.

Top finishes for the boys team this season include a third-place showing at home in a slalom race and fourth-place results at Gold Peak in Vail and then again in a giant slalom race Beaver Creek.

The Sailors will be looking to add to the number of skiers slated to ski at this year's state championships Thursday at Beaver Creek for the final qualifying event of the season.

The Colorado State High School Skiing Championships are scheduled to take place Feb. 22 and 23 at Ski Cooper near Leadville. The giant slalom race is Thursday of that week, and the slalom is scheduled for Friday.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.