Cross-country skiers find some first places


— Six local skiers cruised to No. 1 finishes in the nordic combined cross-country races at the Western Regional Championships in Steamboat Springs over the weekend.

United States Ski Team member Todd Lodwick placed first in a 7.5 kilometer race in the men's senior class, finishing in 18:03.0. Lodwick was followed by fellow local U.S. skiers John Spillane, Matt Dayton and Bill DeMong. Local skier Matt Cook was the No. 5 finisher in the men's senior class.

In a men's senior jumping event at the Regionals, Spillane took first place and Lodwick came in second. Adam Schwall finished No. 1 in a 7.5 kilometer cross-country race in the J1 men's division.

Bryan Fletcher took first-place in the 6-kilometer, J2 cross-country race, followed by Ethan Johnson who was in the No. 2 spot. In the 3-kilometer, J3 race, Andy Garber finished second and Michael Gleason and Paul Berry were in the third and fourth-place spots.

Taylor Fletcher was first in the 2-kilometer, J4 race. Kyle Steitz and Sam Chovan were in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots and Brett Denney was fifth.

Charlie Stoddard won the J5 race, which was one kilometer. Cliff Field was No. 3 and Jasper Gantick placed fifth.

Erik Lynch skied to a first-place finish in the J6 race, which also was a kilometer. Luke Anderson was No.2 and Patrick Weston was fourth. Zeb Tipton came in fifth. Todd Wilson, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club nordic director, said six local U.S. ski team members will compete in the U.S. Chevy Truck jumping and nordic combined.


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