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Steamboat cross-country skiers dominate in Aspen

Steamboat Springs cross-country skier Max Scrimgeour, left, leads teammate Charlie Von Thaden and Durango’s Sepp Kuss in the J1 boys 15-kilometer skate race in Aspen on Sunday. Von Thaden passed Scrimgeour at the line.
Tom Scrimgeour





Steamboat Springs cross-country skier Max Scrimgeour, left, leads teammate Charlie Von Thaden and Durango’s Sepp Kuss in the J1 boys 15-kilometer skate race in Aspen on Sunday. Von Thaden passed Scrimgeour at the line.
Tom Scrimgeour

This past weekend marked the final two Rocky Mountain Junior National Qualifiers for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country ski team.

They were held in Aspen beneath blue skies and in conjunction with USSA Super­Tour Races. These were the final two regional races for athletes 14 and older to qualify for the Junior Nationals that begin March 7 in Minneapolis. For the younger athletes, it provided the last two competitions against their divisional rivals. It was also the final opportunity for athletes to secure points for their clubs, in the hunt for the Colorado Cup Trophy — awarded to the regional cross-country ski club that gathers the most result points in all age categories.

The Winter Sports Club captured the Rocky Mountain Nordic points total and the Colorado Cup Trophy for the third year in a row. These points are earned by all club athletes, regardless of age. Steamboat more than doubled the points of its closest competitor, Durango.



The cross-country team also qualified 15 athletes for the Junior Nationals. This represents the largest cross-country Junior National team produced by the winter sports club.

The highlights from the weekend included Avery Harrington winning the girls J5 classic and skate races. Samantha Terranova and Abbey Habermehl finished on the podium in the girls J3 classic race. Madison Ruppel picked up her first win of the season in the girls J2 classic race. Gabriel Bohlmann made the podium for the first time Satur­day. Haley Piske won Saturday’s classic race by more than 30 seconds.



Wyatt Gebhardt won the boys J4 mass start skate race. Charlie Von Thaden finished first and Max Scrimgeour was second in the J1 boys mass start, and Steamboat claimed the top four spots in the girls 10-kilometer mass start skate race, with Emily Hannah finishing first.

The team will leave March 4 to head to Minneapolis.

Junior Nationals qualifiers

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ability club cross-country team

Male J2

6. Evan Weinman

8. Lars Hannah

11. Tanner Heil (alternate)

Female J2

1. Madison Keeffe

2. Gretchen Burkhoder

3. Maddie Ruppel

5. Cara Piske

6. Dori McNeill

7. Gabriel Bohlmann

Male J1/OJ

2. Max Scrimgeour

3. Charlie Von Thaden

Female J1/OJ

1. Haley Piske

2. Michaela Frias

3. Emily Hannah

4. Mary O’Connell

6. Lucy Newman

14. Mallory Richey (alternate)

Saturday’s classic race

Female J6

2. Posy Skov

Male J5

4. Zane Worrell

Female J5

1. Avery Harrington

3. Anna Terranova

4. Riley Mewborn

5. Katy Floyd

8. Emma Stewart

Male J4

1. Tyler Terranova

4. Sven Tate

Female J4

17. Zoe Stewart

Male J3

4. Evan Barbier

13. Frank Ruppel

20. Tait Dixson

Female J3

2. Samantha Terranova

3. Abbey Habermehl

4. Katie Brodie

7. Jordi Floyd

12. Lark Skov

14. Anna Burkholder

15. Sydney Boyd

20. Eliza Leeson

24. Alida Patterson

29. Surina Techarukpong

Male J2

5. Evan Weinman

8. Lars Hannah

13. Tanner Heil

Female J2

1. Madison Ruppel

3. Gabriel Bohlmann

4. Gretchen Burkholder

6. Cara Piske

8. Dori Mcneil

13. Olivia Rose

Male J1

4. Charlie Von Thaden

5. Max Scrimgeour

Female J1

1. Haley Piske

2. Michaela Frias

4. Mary O’Connell

5. Lucy Newman

6. Emily Hannah

15. Mallory Richey

Sunday’s skate race

Female J6

2. Posy Skov

Male J5

2. Zane Worrell

Female J5

1. Avery Harrington

3. Riley Mewborn

4. Anna Terranova

5. Waverly Gebhardt

6. Katy Floyd

7. Emma Stewart

Male J4

1. Wyatt Gebhardt

2. Tyler Terranova

5. Sven Tate

11. Decker Dean

Female J4

10. Lindsey Anderson

14. Zoe Stewart

Male J3

8. Frank Ruppel

9. Evan Barbier

16. Tait Dixson

Female J3

1. Abbey Habermehl

4. Katie Brodie

5. Samantha Terranova

6. Jordi Floyd

10. Anna Burkholder

11. Lark Skov

12. Eliza Leeson

16. Sydney Boyd

23. Surina Techarukpong

25. Alida Patterson

27. Tess Richey

Male J2

3. Evan Weinman

5. Lars Hannah

7. Tanner Heil

Female J2

1. Gretchen Burkholder

3. Cara Piske

4. Madison Ruppel

5. Gabriel Bohlmann

13. Olivia Rose

Male J1

1. Charlie Von Thaden

2. Max Scrimgeour

Female J1

1. Emily Hannah

2. Mary O’Connell

3. Michaela Frias

4. Haley Piske

13. Mallory Richey


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