Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Steamboat Springs Aspen's Simi Hamilton stole the boys' show at last week's Colorado State High School Skiing Championships.
The sophomore, who is a favorite to win the J-2 Junior Olympic title this year, ran away with Friday's classic race in a time of 20 minutes, 58.9 seconds.
He was followed by Josh Dayton in second and Kyle Ahern in third. Both Dayton and Ahern are from Summit County.
Steamboat's Marty Smith was the top Steamboat finisher in fifth. Austin Ross placed sixth, Mike Gleason was 12th and Justin Krause came in 16th.
Hamilton led Saturday's field in the freestyle race as well, crossing the finish line in front of a pack of skiers and a quickly approaching blizzard, which would leave its stamp on the women's race that followed.
Hamilton finished the race in 21:21 to top Dayton in second and Aspen's Brandon Cooper in third.
While Hamilton's showing in the cross country races put Aspen in a good position, it wasn't enough to take the state title.
Solid showings by Summit in the Alpine and Nordic events helped the school take the overall title.
Summit's Kyle Davis claimed the title in the giant slalom race and teammate Gary Beresford captured second. Aspen's Packy Westfelt took first in the slalom.
Steamboat was led by Jeff Albright's 22nd in the slalom. Teammate Gunner Sorensen was 31st and Jeff Fowler was 35th.
Fowler led the Sailors in the giant slalom with a 28th place finish. Albright was 35th. As a team, Steamboat placed fifth.