Arguelles comes back strong

Skier grabs two second places

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— After three weeks on the sidelines, local freestyle skier Jarrett Arguelles returned to competition last weekend with a vengeance.

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier grabbed two second-place finishes in a Rocky Mountain Division meet in Aspen.

"I wanted to win, but it wasn't too bad after having a knee injury," Arguelles said.

The events were Arguelles' first since bruising his meniscus three weeks ago in a terrain park incident. He was riding a 50-foot spine, but overshot the landing compressing the knee on the flats.

"It didn't feel very good," he said. "But I'm back to 100 percent now."

Arguelles lives in Telluride, but trains and competes with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Normally he commutes from his home in Telluride to Steamboat to train with coaches whenever he can, and also meets the team at a number of different meets in the Rocky Mountain Division during the course of the year.

"Jarrett had a great weekend," coach Joe Kelly said. "It's nice to see him come back so strong."

On Saturday, Arguelles had the top Steamboat finish with 24.49 points. Teammate Paul Khuri was ninth, Bo Randolph was 16th and Daniel MacCarthur was 23rd. Jonathan Discoe scored 25.63 points on his run to win the event.

"I wasn't sure how my knee would react," Arguelles said. "I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to land my airs or if my knees would take the repetitive stress in the moguls."

But after the weekend, Arguelles said the knee responded well and now he will focus on peaking at the divisional championships or the Junior Olympics, which are coming up early next month.

On day two, Justin Henceroth topped the results with a run of 24.02. However, Arguelles led five Steamboat skiers into the top-10 of the final results.

He was second, Randolph was fifth, Michael Casale was seventh, Charlie MacCarthur was eighth and Justin McHeffey came in 10th.

"It was really a good weekend for us," Kelly said. "We had one of the smallest groups of skiers we have taken to any competition this year, so it was quite a statement to put five of them in the top 10."

Kelly said Charlie MacCarthur showed his versatility with one of the top all-round performances.

In addition to his eighth in the moguls on Sunday he also earned a third in the half pipe on Friday.

The skiers will be off to Arapahoe Basin this weekend for another Rocky Mountain Division meet before they head into a post-season stretch, which will include the Junior Olympic Championships in Steamboat March 3-9.

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