Cross country skiers perform well in Alaska

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— The Junior Olympic Championships came to a close in Fairbanks, Alaska Saturday, but not before a pair of young Steamboat cross country skiers made an impact in the relay events.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Marty Smith joined Aspen's Brandon Cooper and his teammate Simi Hamilton in the 3-by-3-kilometer cross country race. The three Rocky Mountain Division skiers raced to a third place finish in the race with a time of 26 minutes, 22.8 seconds.

The Fairbanks championships featured the best young cross country skiers in the country.

The Alaskan team of Daichi Ito, Nate Berry and Brett Broda won the race with a time of 25:41.4 seconds. The New England squad of Cameron Mackugler, Ian Black and Russell Currier took the silver with a time of 25:42.1

Steamboat's Paul Rose was on the 10th place team and Mike Gleason was on the 11th place squad. The Rocky Mountain skiers also took third in the women's 3-by-3-kilometer race with Steamboat's Korie Steitz earning her place on the podium.

Steitz joined Ashley Quiggle and Jamie Woelk for a time of 31:01.4 and third place.

New England skiers Ida Sargent, Elizabeth Stephen and Laura Spector took the gold in a time of 29:32.5.

Steamboat skier Sarah MacCarthy joined Maggie Casey and Haleigh Armstrong in a ninth-place effort.

Steamboat's Austin Ross raced with the No. 2 RMD team in the J-1 event. His squad finished 14th in the event. Other top results from the weekend came in the classic race, which was held on March 14. Smith raced to a ninth place finish in the boy's J-2 classic race, MacCarthy placed 13th in the women's J-2 race and Steitz, who crashed and broke a pole, finished in 18th.

Rose was 27th, Gleason came in 28th and Ross finished 64th in the J-1 class of that race, which was delayed because of freezing temperatures.

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