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SSWSC cross-country skiers put together strong finishes in Frisco

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete Grace Zanni, left, charges out of the start of the U16 female cross-country ski race in Frisco on Saturday, Dec. 15. (Courtesy photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club sent 35 cross-country ski athletes to compete at the Junior Nationals Qualifiers in Frisco hosted by the Summit Nordic Ski Club on Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16.

In Saturday’s classic sprint ski race, three athletes came away with top honors. On the men’s side, Noel Keeffe, U20, and Wally Magill, U16, claimed first-place finishes. Waverly Gebhardt, U18, finished on top for the ladies.

Sunday’s skate ski race had 3- and 5-kilometer options. Gebhart not only won the U18 female division of the 5K race but also notched the best women’s time on the course, leaving collegiate racers behind. Magill added another first-place performance in the men’s U16 race, winning the race by 54 seconds.

Keeffe finished third in the U20/senior race behind two University of Colorado skiers.

Other top weekend finishers included Sumner Cotton, U16, and Nikita Andre, U12, who placed second on both days, and Rae Olexa, who raced to first in the U10 female division.

Results

Saturday, classic sprint

Girls

Sadie Cotton, U20,  third
Waverly Gebhardt, U18, first
Sidney Barbier, U16, seventh
Ellery Hodges, U16, eighth
Grace Zanni, U16, 10th
Charley Lodwick, U14, fifth
Nikita Andre, U12, second
Rae Olexa, U10, second

Boys

Noel Keeffe, U20, first
Jimmy Colfer, U20, fourth
Kieran Hahn, U18, eighth
Wally Magill, U16, first
Sumner Cotton, U16, second
Grey Barbier, U14, fourth
Thomas Cooper, U14, fifth
Tristan Thrasher, U12, 10th

Sunday, skate race

Girls

Waverly Gebhardt, U18, first
Sidney Barbier, U16, fifth
Ellery Hodges, U16, seventh
Shea Rossi, U12, eighth
Tig Loomis, U12, 10th
Nikita Andre, U12, second
Rae Olexa, U10, first

Boys

Noel Keeffe, U20, third
Jimmy Colfer, U20, fifth
Sven Tate, U20, seventh
Wally Magill, U16, first
Sumner Cotton, U16, second
Griff Rillos, U16, sixth
Tristan Thrasher, U12, fifth

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


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