Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club sent 33 racers to the recent super-G race in Breckenridge.
Last weekend's races were the only super-G events on the PowerBar/Bula Series calendar, and hard snow made for consistent and fair conditions for the entire field of 85 women and 135 men.
Julia Littman of Ski Club Vail won the Jan. 11 race with a time of 1:06.63.
Steamboat's Tina Roberts finished third overall and first in the J2 (15- to 16-year-old) division with a 1:07.64. Heidi Hillenbrand was third in J2, Madeline McLean was fifth and Katie Conrath came in ninth.
In the J1 (17-18) division, Steamboat's Savina Machovsky and Alexander Weissner finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
In the J3 (13-14) division, Steamboat's Suzanne Allbright came in third, Caitlin Margolin was in fourth and Hestia Chase came in 10th.
On the men's side, another skier from Ski Club Vail, Bobby Poehling, took top honors with a 1:05.48.
Steamboat's Andrew Zopf was second overall and second in the J2 division with a 1:05.64.
It marked the first time Zopf finished in the top three in an ability-class race, coach Chris Puckett said.
Mitch Carlson was in third in the J1 and Lane Shipley and Cory McConnell finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the J3 division.
On Jan. 12, two more racers from Ski Club Vail took top honors.
Katie Beardsley's time of 1:07.58 was good enough for top honors on the women's side, while Nick Kullas' 1:06.59 secured the winning time for him on the men's side.
Steamboat's Hillenbrand was sixth overall (1:10.76) and Tina Roberts was seventh overall (1:10.87).
The two finished second and third, respectively, in the J2 division. McLean was sixth in the same women's division.
In the J3 division, Allbright was fifth, Priska Sorensen was sixth and Margolin was seventh.
On the men's side, Steamboat's Gunnar Sorensen finished fourth overall (1:07.47) and in second place in the J1 division.
Puckett said Sorensen's super-G performance on Jan. 12 was his best entry-level race ever and that the high school senior was all smiles following the race.
Thomas Allen and Zopf finished fourth and eighth, respectively, in the J2 division.
Allen's jump from 34th to 10th overall was the largest jump of anyone on the second day of racing, Puckett said.
Shipley was eighth in the J3 division.
The competition was an entry-level U.S. Ski Association race, and for most Winter Sports Club athletes, it served as a tune-up for the Junior Olympic qualifying races and the higher level International Ski Federation races later in the winter, coach Terry DelliQuadri said.