Steamboat skiers fast in long weekend of racing |

Steamboat skiers fast in long weekend of racing

— Steamboat Springs Alpine skiers proved fast again last weekend at a series of races in Steamboat and at Loveland Ski Area.

Amber Elliott helped lead the way in the girls U16 division, earning the top overall finish for a local Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier. She was third in a slalom race Monday at Loveland. Mary Kate Hackworthy was right on her heels in that race, placing fourth.

Cole Puckett was seventh in two days of racing in Loveland. He also placed 13th and 14th in two days of Steamboat skiing. Trey Seymour earned an 11th-place finish in Steamboat, as well.

Nicholas Richeda was red hot for the U14 team, winning both runs of a slalom race at Eldora. He led the way for a very strong performance by Steamboat skiers. In one slalom, Cooper Puckett was fourth, Jordan Simon ninth, Kyler Armstrong 10th, Jake Olson 11th and Kyle Kagan 13th, wrapping up Steamboaters inside the top 15.

In the next race, Bode Flanigan was third behind Richeda, Colton Sankey fourth, Simon 10th, Jake Olson 11th, Alden Wade 13th and Spencer Richeda 14th.

Competing a day earlier in a slalom race, Gedeon was second, leading the way for local skiers. Simon was eighth, Kagan 10th and Spencer Richeda 12th.

On the girls side, Riley Smith was red hot, placing second in a slalom race each day. Molly Mueller was seventh, Ryli Adrian 10th and Emily Craig 13th behind her on the first day. Sequoia Anstine was fourth, Mueller ninth, Raffaela Pietras 11th and Adrian 12th on the next.

Steamboaters selected to U16 team

Madeline Boucher, Margaret Dickson, Amber Elliott, Olivia Flake, Mary Kate Hackworthy, Taylor Olson, Kristina Steinberg, Mackenzie Ward, Sam Frackowaik, Cole Puckett, Chase Seymour and Trey Seymour all were named to the Rocky/Central Division’s U16 Junior Championships team.

They will compete at the Junior Championships March 1-6 in Steamboat Springs.

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

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