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Ski jumping and Nordic combined Junior National team named and ready

Steamboat set to host Junior Nationals for 1st time since 2010

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Ben Ingersoll

Rocky Mountain Division 2015 Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Junior National Team

U20 men's team

■ Ben Berend (will be competing at Nordic combined World Championships during Junior Nationals)

■ Nicholas Madden

■ Jasper Good

U18 women's team

■ Logan Sankey

U18 men's team

■ Koby Vargas

■ Peter Rosenthal

■ Grant Andrews

U16 women's team

■ Esther Rose DelliQuadri

■ Annika Belshaw (first Jr. Nationals team appearance)

U16 men's team

■ Decker Dean

■ Elijah Vargas

■ Nolan Sankey

■ Brenden Andrews

■ Bennett Gamber

— After Saturday’s qualifying competition, the Rocky Mountain Division ski jumping and Nordic combined 2015 Junior National team is set, and for the first time in five years, Steamboat Springs is playing host to the event.

Rocky Mountain Division 2015 Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Junior National Team

U20 men’s team

■ Ben Berend (will be competing at Nordic combined World Championships during Junior Nationals)



■ Nicholas Madden

■ Jasper Good



U18 women’s team

■ Logan Sankey

U18 men’s team

■ Koby Vargas

■ Peter Rosenthal

■ Grant Andrews

U16 women’s team

■ Esther Rose DelliQuadri

■ Annika Belshaw (first Jr. Nationals team appearance)

U16 men’s team

■ Decker Dean

■ Elijah Vargas

■ Nolan Sankey

■ Brenden Andrews

■ Bennett Gamber

During Saturday’s second Rocky Mountain Division/Intermountain Division Junior National Qualifier competition awards ceremony, 14 RMD athletes hailing from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club were named to the Nationals team, marking one of the largest squads the club has been able to name for the annual championship.

“The kids really had a good year as far as health and injuries go,” Winter Sports Club Nordic Director Todd Wilson said. “This is one of the biggest teams we’ve named. You like to see large numbers qualifying. It means we have a high level of skiing going on.”

The event rotates among America’s five divisions — Eastern, Central, Alaska, Intermountain and Rocky Mountain. Last winter, the Junior Nationals were in Anchorage, Alaska.

During Blues Break this week, training will ramp up for the club’s ski jumpers and Nordic combined athletes, and then things will shut down a bit the following week in anticipation for Nationals on March 3 to 7 at Howelsen Hill.

“You get to sleep in your own bed, eat home food and breathe air you’re familiar with,” Wilson said about being the event hosts. “We get to show off Steamboat. We’re a key facility in jumping and Nordic combined. I just think all our kids are really looking forward to being hosts.”

Saturday’s event wasn’t massive in competitor numbers, but event organizers did their best to show off a bit in advance Nationals.

“From a facilities standpoint, I think we’re ready,” Wilson said. “From an organizational standpoint, we have a few kinks to work out but I think we’re pretty ready there, too.”

At the qualifier, Winter Sports Club’s Davis and Alex Miller took first and second in the HS-100 open men’s class, followed by a bronze-medal finish from the U.S. Ski Team’s Nicholas Madden after the 5K cross country race.

The club also took the top two spots in the HS-75 U18 men’s Nordic combined class as Koby Vargas won the division and Grant Andrews skied up from third after the jumping portion to take second on the 5K course. Park City Nordic Ski Club’s Tucker Hoeffer was third.

Esther Rose DelliQuadri was the lone U16 women’s competitor and finished her 5K ski in 16:13. Park City’s Stephen Schumann won the U16 men’s Nordic combined class, followed by teammate Jared Shumate and Winter Sports Club’s Elijah Vargas.

In the HS-100 special women’s open jumping competition, U.S. Women’s Ski Jumping Team member and Winter Sports Club skier Logan Sankey easily topped her class with 157 points. DelliQuadri was next with 45 points, and Park City’s Kailey Bickner took third with 36.5 points.

Vargas was the top jumper in the open men’s HS-100 division with 238 points. He as followed by Davis Miller (227.5 points) and Andrews (224 points).

“Today was a test run for the kids, too,” Wilson said. “We’re getting close.”

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


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