Strong start for skiers at Nationals

Joel Reichenberger

— Strong results from a pair of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic skiers have them well positioned for big rewards this season.

Lars Hannah was 39th overall and fifth among U20 skiers Sunday in a 15-kilometer freestyle cross country skiing event that kicked off the United States Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships in Michigan.

Later, Kathleen O’Connell was 39th overall and fourth among U18 skiers in a freestyle 10K.

Hannah’s result gives him a solid chance of making the World Junior Championships team while O’Connell’s puts her in line to make a U18 Scandinavian Cup squad. Decisions on those teams will be made after several more races.

Elsewhere at the championships, Tyler Quinn-Smith, skiing for New Hampshire, was 37th on Sunday and 75th on Tuesday in a classic skiing sprint race. Max Scrimgeour, for University of Colorado, was 107th and 81st; Simon Zink, for the Winter Sports Club, was 121st and 170th; and Evan Weinman, with Middlebury College was 162nd on Sunday, but really shined Tuesday and finished 19th.

On the women’s side, Emily Hannah, with Dartmouth, was 34th on Sunday and 117th on Tuesday. Haley Piskie, also with Dartmouth, was 70th and 77th; Cara Piske, another Dartmouth skier, was 75th and 103rd; Madison Keeffe, skiing for University of Vermont, was 87th and 96th; Lucy Newman, with CU, was 88th and 62nd; Mary O’Connell, of Dartmouth, was 91st and 118th; Anna Burkholder, with the club, was 97th and 116th; Jordi Floyd, also with the club, was 101st and 93rd; and Gretchen Burkholder, for Montana State, was 110th and 90th.

Mary Rose, a CU and Winter Sports Club alum, was seventh on Sunday and 25th on Tuesday.

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