Steamboat XC skiers push hard in Montana |

Steamboat XC skiers push hard in Montana

Sumner Cotton, left, was third and Wally Magill first in the U16 boys race at the Yellowstone Ski Festival in Montana.

Steamboat Springs skiers got a fast start to their season as the Winter Sports Club Nordic skiing team hit the road over the weekend to complete a weekend of training and compete in one race at the Yellowstone Ski Festival in West Yellowstone, Montana.

The top local results came at the boys U16 level, where athletes raced a 5-kilometer skate-ski course. Wally Magill won that race by 22 seconds and Sumner Cotton was third.

Dasha Kuznetsova led the way for Steamboat racers on the women's side in a 5K race despite a mid-race crash, placing 3rd among U20 skiers and 24th overall. Waverly Gebhardt was seventh among U18 skiers and 30th overall, Sadie Cotton 13th in U18 and 43rd overall and Sidney Barbier 12th in U16 and 64th overall.

In the longest men's race, a 10K, Wyatt Gebhardt placed third among U20 skiers and was 22nd overall. Noel Keeffe was 5th in U20 and 28th overall, Jimmy Colfer 8th in U18 and 43rd overall, Sven Tate 10th in U18 and 46th overall and Kieran Hahn 18th in U18 and 60th overall.

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