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Skiers succeed in Aspen

Winter Sports Club freestylers shine in moguls, big-air competitions

Melinda Mawdsley

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle skiers turned in top performances at Aspen Highlands during moguls and big-air competitions held last weekend.

On Saturday, in the first day of moguls races, Steamboat’s skiers raced to first-, third-, fourth- and 11th-place finishes on the boys’ side, while finishing second, third, fourth, ninth, 10th, 12th, and 15th on the girls’ side.

On Sunday, Winter Sports Club members skied to second, sixth, seventh, 15th and 16th during the boys’ races and finished first, second, third and 13th in the girls’ races.

Jarrett Arguelles and Kylie Douglas turned their skiing up a notch at the Aspen competitions, Winter Sports Club coach Garth Hager said. Each took a first and second in the moguls races.

Arguelles and Douglas were pushed by their teammates.

On Sunday, Douglas was followed by Maryann Skraba and Erica Damon who finished second and third, respectively. Teammate Justine Chellel picked up a 13th in Sunday’s race, as well.

In the Saturday race, Douglas and Skraba finished second and third, while teammate Bekah Angoff came in fourth. Damon was ninth and Chellel was 12th. Chellel is coming back from a December knee injury.

On both days, Skraba was the fastest down the run.

The Winter Sports Club boys enjoyed similar success.

In addition to Arguelles’ performance, Michael Morse and Kyle Ewing picked up top-five finishes in the Saturday moguls competition. Teammate Sam Tarrant was 11th.

On Sunday, Arguelles placed second, while Mead and Tarrant came in sixth and seventh. Abe Maynard came in 15th, and Ewing was right behind his teammate in 16th.

Maynard, who Hager called a rising freestyle star, came in second both days among J3 competitors.

Attention shifted to the big air competition Monday in Aspen where Jake Cohn of the Winter Sports Club kicked things off with a top finish, pulling a rodeo 720 for the win. Maynard was sixth, and Daniel MacArthur was 12th.

In the second competition, MacArthur moved up in the standings to fifth with a 720. Cohn was ninth, and Maynard was 22nd.

Skraba was second in both girls’ competitions with twister-spreads.

Hager said the jumping area in Aspen was a little sketchy with narrow jumps and a flat landing.

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