Steamboat skiers fare well in Winter Park

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— Local freestyle skier Chris Pusey dominated a pair of Rocky Mountain Division events in Winter Park Dec. 21 and 22.

"Chris had an outstanding performance on one of the division's toughest courses," Winter Sports Club coach Tarsha Ebbern said. "It was an excellent effort from the whole team."

Pusey led a 1-2-3 Steamboat finish in the opening event, which took place Friday.

Pusey netted the top men's score of the day at 23.54. He was followed by teammates Logan Belz (23.21) and Jordan Chiovarelli (23.03).

Chiovarelli was the top J-1 skier in the event.

Other top Steamboat finishers were Andrew Bennett in 19th (seventh among J-1 skiers), Bart Robinson in 20th (first among J-3 skiers) and Evan Stobie in 24th. Charlie MacArthur was 12th among J-2 skiers.

Candice White led the local girls with a third-place finish. Maryann Skraba was fifth and Patty Hanley was ninth.

Jill Norman netted 21.61 points to win the event. She was followed by Jenny Haywood in second and White in third.

On Saturday, the regional skiers hit the course for a dual event, but the results were strong for the local skiers for a second straight day.

Once again Pusey topped the men's results. He beat Eric Lehman of Winter Park in the final run of the day.

Winter Park skier Chris Wolvin was third, Eric Banghart was fourth and Chiovarelli was fifth.

Belz came in eighth, Evan Stobie was ninth, and Andrew Bennett and MacArthur were both 17th. Stuart Greenshields came in 32nd in the dual event.

Steamboat's Skraba made a run at the top spot in the women's dual finals but fell to Winter Park skier Jennifer Meehleis in the finals. Steamboat's Hanley was seventh.

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