Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers show well in late-season events
Steamboat Springs — Members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Alpine teams competed in the annual end-of-season Loveland Derby last weekend for the final races of the season.
“It was a great weekend for Cole Puckett and the rest of the boys team,” Alpine director Caroline Lalive Carmichael said.
She said the team’s athletes plan on taking some time off before the start of the summer training season at Mt. Hood in Oregon in June.
“It was an impressive end of the season for our team,” Lalive said.
On the men’s side at the Loveland Derby, Puckett led the way by racing to a ninth-place finish in the slalom race. Trey Seymour was 14th, Nicholas Richeda was 17th and Chase Seymour placed 20th. Cooper Puckett (24th), Colton Sankey (27th), Kyler Armstrong (34th), Marat Washburn (36rd), Bode Flanigan (42nd), Jake Olson (47th), and Benton Sherman (56th) also finished at the races.
For the women, it was Mary Kate Hackworthy leading Steamboat’s efforts with a 10th place finish. Teammate Amber Elliot was on her tail in 11th and Sequoia Anstine was 36th. Taylor Olson (51st), Amy Speer (56th), Olivia Flake (73rd) and Isabelle Boniface (75th) also raced in the event.
The top showing in Loveland comes on the heels of a series of giant slalom races in Vail on April 3 and 4.
Hackworthy posted some of her strongest results of the season in Vail, placing first and second in the pair of races that featured a field of 128 women.
On Saturday, Hackworthy won a giant slalom race in a time of 2 minutes 16.76 seconds slipping past Burke Mountain racer Brianna Trudeau, who finished second at 2:16.80. Flake posted one of her top finishes of the season, placing 25th.
Hackworthy continued to race fast Sunday, finishing second. Her teammate Olson raced to an eighth place finish, a top results for the young racer.
The men’s field included 103 racers Saturday, but that didn’t stop Trey Seymour from placing fourth in one of his best showings of the season. The Steamboat racer was in first after the first run and then held on to place second overall in the race.
Steamboat’s Puckett returned from the U16 Nationals in Sugarloaf, Maine, to place fifth in Sunday’s race. Trey Seymour again was fast, placing seventh while Chase Seymour just missed the top-10 with an 11th place showing.
Freeskiers collect top results at National Championships
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freeskiing team members picked up several top finishes at the USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain earlier this month.
“We had some pretty solid finishes at nationals,” coach Tony Lodico said. “This was a building year for our team, and I’m really happy with the way our athletes performed during the season.”
Leading the way at nationals was Payton McElhiney who won the halfpiple and landed his first switch dub 10 in competition paving the way for a second in the slopestyle. McElhiney was competing in the 13- to 15-year-old division.
The top finish helped McElhiney earn a trip to Whistler to compete in the World Skiing Invitational AFP World Tour Finals. He didn’t qualify at the championships, but Lodico thinks the experience will be a huge benefit for the young skier.
“He had a great nationals,” Lodico said. “It was a very clean end of the season for him.”
Riley Jacobs joined McElhiney on the top of the podium by earning a first-place finish in the halfpipe for girls between the ages of 10 and 12.
Other top finishes in the halfpipe included Cael McCarthy’s seventh in the boy’s 8-and-under division, Liam Baxter’s 11th in the boys 10-12 class, and Willie Martin’s 26th in the boys 13-15 division.
McElhiney also had the top finish in the slopestyle where he earned second place in the 13-15 division. Lodico said the Steamboat athlete came within a hair of winning that event.
“He dragged his hand on a landing in his first run, or I think he would have won the whole thing,” Lodico said.
McElhiney’s teammate Kai Doyle earned a seventh-place finish in the same age class. Baxter was 20th in the skier boys 10-12 class, McCarthy was 29th and Wiley Wagner was 30th in the boys 9-and-under class. On the girls side, Riley Jacobs was third in the skier girls 10-12 class and Josie Seibel was 12th in the skier girls 13-15 class.
Steamboat’s Wagner was fourth and McCarthy was 14th in the skier boys 9-and-under rail jam.
“It was a great week of skiing in beautiful conditions,” Lodico said. “I am really proud of the whole freeskiing program. They all skied well, and the representatives who went to nationals held their heads high and approached the courses with a smile. They showed the judges style confidence and fun, which is the core of our sport.”
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