SSWSC places at Keystone races

Athletes position themselves for Junior Olympics

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— Nearly 80 girls and more than 100 boys gathered in Keystone over the weekend for the Junior Olympic super-G qualifying races at the 13- and 14-year-old age level.

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club sent 19 athletes in the J3 division to Keystone for the race. States represented in Keystone were Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Arizona.

Lane Shipley of the Winter Sports Club placed second on both Jan. 25 and Jan. 26, making him the top-ranked J3 competitor going into the next qualifying races, scheduled for Feb. 16 and 17.

Other top finishers for the Winter Sports Club included Andy White's fifth-place finish on Jan. 25, Hestia Chase's fourth on Jan. 25 and ninth on Jan. 26, and Suzanne Allbright's eighth on Jan. 25 and fourth on Jan. 26.

Team Summit took three of the four super-G titles, while Rett Smith of Red River, N.M., won the Jan. 25 race with a time of 1 minute, 19.07 seconds.

Coach Terry DelliQuadri said 11 Winter Sports Club athletes are likely in qualifying position for the Junior Olympics, which will be held March 9-15 in Winter Park.

They are: Shipley, Allbright, Chase, White, Graham Hogrefe, Sean Forney, Ian Landy, Kathleen Lyon, Caitlin Margolin, Lauren Letson and Haley McLeish.

Winter Sports Club athlete Cory McConnell missed the Keystone races to participate in an invitational U.S. Ski Team training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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