Steamboat assembles championship team |

Steamboat assembles championship team

Sports briefs for 10-5

— After taking home the team state champion trophy last year, Ben Clark will return to the Colorado Scholastic Mountain Bike Championships on Sunday at Beaver Creek with a team of five Steamboat Springs High School athletes.

“It’s the culmination of the junior level riders’ seasons,” said Clark, who helps co-coach the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s cycling program development team.

Of the cycling program’s participants, Bryce Gordon, Adam Parke and Sam Chovan will be competing Sunday. Each had successful summer seasons racing on the Mountain States Cup, a regional mountain bike championship series. Gordon won the cross-country junior expert men’s division of the series, in which Parke placed fifth. Chovan took second in the cross-country junior expert men’s division.

Along with John Winkelblech and Emily Rabbit, Steamboat’s riders hope to make a proud showing at the cross-country race. Racers will ride two laps on a 5.7-mile course with 1,100 feet of elevation gain.

The event, for children in grades five through 12, provides a unique venue for students across the state to compete as teams and individually against kids in their respective grades, event director Michael McCormack said.

“Mountain biking is not sanctioned by CHSAA, so it’s nice to give (the kids) a day and a course for themselves,” McCormack said.

Local team wins Salomon 24 hours of Frisco race

From 9:30 a.m. Saturday until 9:30 a.m. Sunday, a group of four Steamboat Springs runners alternated around the clock to continue running a 6-mile loop near Lake Dillon. By the end of the third annual Salomon 24 hours of Frisco race, the team of Jenna Gruben, Hadley Graham, Dan Niles and Bill Goldsmith had totaled 27 laps to win the two to four person co-ed team division.

“It was just kind of different,” Gruben said about trying to rest between her six laps at the Frisco Nordic Center. “I didn’t have a hard time at night, it was just a matter of keeping everything together, eating through the night and not getting stiff.”

The race featured team relay and solo categories and was part of TrailRunner Magazine’s Trophy Series.

Although she said it made for a sleepless night, Gruben vowed she would compete in the trail run again. Goldsmith thanked the Steamboat Ski Area for its support of the team.

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