Steamboat skiers fare well in JO cross country ski events |

Steamboat skiers fare well in JO cross country ski events

— Winter Sports Club members and alumni turned in top results at Wednesday’s Junior Olympic Classic cross country skiing race in McCall, Idaho.

Mark Iverson took first place out of 47 competitors in the 10K race in the older juniors male division. Iverson, who trained with the club until moving to Alaska a few years ago, finished the race with a time of 48:24.1, 10 seconds faster than second-place finisher Zach Violett of the Far West division, and more than a minute faster than the New England division’s Ryan Foster, who finished third.

In a field that drew 67 competitors from across the country, Steamboat’s Korie Steitz captured seventh in the J2 competition. In warm and rainy conditions, Steitz finished the 5K race in a time of 19:53.2.

Sara MacCarthy was the second Steamboat racer to place in the J2 division with a 17th-place time of 20:22.2.

The New England division’s Morgan Smyth took first place in the J2 division with a time of 18:15.3

Steamboat’s Austin Ross took 17th place out of 50 racers in the male J2 division. Ross finished the 5K race with a time of 17:20.7.

Two other Steamboat alumnae, Jessica Gray and Jessica Phillips, earned top places for the Rocky Mountain Division in the older juniors female division. Gray, who now attends Western State College, finished 12th in the 10K race with a time of 40:36.8, and Phillips, who attends Dartmouth University, placed 23rd with a time of 42:16.8.

In a field of 32 racers, Alaska’s Kikkan Randall took first in the division with a time of 36:21.3.

The Junior Olympic Nordic competition continues in McCall this week with the freestyle race today and the relay race to be held Saturday.

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