Steamboat High skiers bump state-qualified numbers |

Steamboat High skiers bump state-qualified numbers

— The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiing team bumped its list of state-qualified athletes to 17 last weekend after an event at Maloit Park in Minturn.

The event started with 2.6-kilometers of Classic skiing, which determined the starting order for another 2.6K of skate skiing.

Loren Requist, Aubrey Rohde and Shilo Lottes all qualified for state, to be held Feb. 23 and 24 in Steamboat Springs, thanks to the state skiing portion of the event. Eric Phalen qualified in both skate and Classic.

“We’ve got a really deep team,” coach Jesse Wilkins said in an email. “Our team really enjoyed the race. The course was fun, with lots of rolling hills and tight turns. Our team liked the format, with two shorter races as opposed to one long race, making for a faster pace, which favors a lot of athletes on our team.”

Annika Malacinski had the top girls results for Steamboat in both races. She was ninth in the Classic and 11th in skate skiing. Jennie Adler was 35th and 32nd, also racing state-qualifying times in both.

Rohde, Lottes and Requist all were just fast enough to earn that state berth in the skate skiing portion. Rohde was 44th, and Lottes and Requist tied for 46th. They were the last skiers to make it under the state-qualifying line.

On the boys side, Tanner Richard had the best results in both races. He was 21st in freestyle and 27th in Classic. Andrew McCawley was 30th and 28th, James Bradley 34th and 30th, Matai Curzon 24th and 34th, Gabe Rabenal 32nd and 33rd, Mitch Meissner 36th and 37th and Phalen 36th and 45th. Alex Coffey also got under the state line in skate, placing 48th.

The team wraps up its regular season Saturday with a trip to Frisco, then has a week off before playing host to the state in Steamboat.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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