Skiers take to air at Howelsen


— Logan Gerber and Johnny Spillane walked away with the top honors at last weekend's Rocky Mountain Division meet in Steamboat Springs.

Gerber topped the junior division on the K88 hill to win the Ragnar Cup, which goes to the junior jumper who records the longest jump on the normal hill.

Gerber soared 91- and 97-meters in the competition on the normal hill. He outjumped fellow Steamboat Springs teammates Alex Glueck, who placed second, and Adam Schwall, who tied Jed Hinkley for third.

Spillane topped the senior class on the K112 hill with jumps of 118.5- and 120-meters to win the Merrill Cup.

He topped Steamboat's Todd Lodwick, who took second, and Gerber, who placed third in the competition.

The Rocky Mountain meet also provided the last of three qualifiers for the World Junior Championships. Steamboat's Nathan Gerhart, Glueck, Schwall and Hinkley were all named to compete in the Poland competition at the end of January in the nordic combined events.

"It was an awesome weekend," Winter Sports Club Nordic Director Todd Wilson said. "We had some great support from parents and for the most part everything ran pretty smoothly."

The event was the final competition in a three-stop series to determine which nordic skiers would be named to the World Junior nordic combined and special jumping teams.

Steamboat's Gerber, Tommy Schwall and Clint Jones had all secured positions on the special jumping team before last weekend. They will travel to Poland to compete.

Last weekend was also the first of three Junior Olympic qualifiers for the younger skiers.

Winners included Aalbu Anniken in the J-6 girls and Baily Hyrum in the J-6 boys divisions. Makenna Morck of Winter Park took the J-5 girls division and Andrew Jerome won the J-5 boys division. All of the younger jumpers competed on the K18 hill.

On the K25 hill, Morck won the J-4 girls and Trevor Wert won the J-4 boys.

Jessica Jerome of Utah won the J-3 girls division on the K-38 hill and Andreas Aalbu won the J-3 boys class. Jerome also won the J-2 girls division on the K-60 hill with Blake Hughes topping the J-2 boys class. Ethan Johnson was second, Bryan Fletcher was sixth and D.J. Hidalgo was seventh.

Lodwick topped the senior nordic combined event, topping a newcomer to the Winter Sports Club, Matt Cook.

"Matt had an excellent weekend on the jump hill," Lodwick said. "He is basically a cross-country skier. But he has been jumping very well in the last few weeks."

Steamboat's Patrick Weston topped the J-6 boys class. He was followed by teammates Luke Anderson, Shaquille Torrella and Will Findell.

Other Steamboat winners included Charlie Stoddard in the J-4 boys event. He was joined by teammate Kyle Steitz, who was second, and Ian Noble, who was fifth. Aalbu won the J-3 boys. Paul Berry was second in the class, Andy Garber and Michael Gleason tied for third and Taylor Fletcher was fifth. Utah's Brett Camerota topped the J-2 boys and was followed by Eric Camerota in second. Steamboat's Ethan Johnson was third, Bryan Fletcher was fourth and Davis Miller came in sixth.

Hinkley was first in the J-1 class. Glueck was second, Adam Schwall was third and Nathan Gerhart came in fourth.


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