The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Nordic team traveled to the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge over the weekend for the third Junior Olympic Qualifier of the season.
The team competed Friday in a new race format, coach Brain Tate said.
"The race was split into two parts, " Tate said. "The first lap was skied in the classic style, but at the end, the athletes transitioned into their skate skis and poles and skied another lap of freestyle."
The race, called a duathlon, has been a fixture on the World Cup for the past three years but was adopted by the Rocky Mountain Division this winter.
Marty Smith wasn't complaining about the new format Friday as he raced to a first-place finish in the 8-kilometer J-1 boys class.
Austin Ross was fifth, Mike Gleason was seventh and Justin Krause came in 17th in the class. Paul Rose was seventh in the J-2 boys class, which also competed on the longer 8K course.
Sarah MacCarthy led the J-1 girls field by placing first. Meredith Gilliland was fourth and Lisl Pearson came in 15th.
Kyle Steitz finished sixth in the J-3 boys group, which competed on a shorter 5K course. Carter Miller was seventh and Jasper Gantick was 19th.
Steamboat dominated the J-3 girls division with Molly Newman leading the pack in first, Emily Stout in second and Mary Rose third.
Melissa Krause came in fifth, Katherine Ingalls was ninth and Michelle Lichtenfels was 10th.
Lucy Newman won the J-5 girls race with teammate Dori McNeil coming in second on the 3K course. Mallory Richey was fourth and Olivia Rose took first in the J-6 girls race.
On Saturday, the Steamboat skiers returned to a more traditional format for a freestyle race.
Ross placed fourth in the J-1 boys race, held on a 5K course. He was followed by Gleason in sixth and Smith in ninth.
Paul Rose placed second in the J-2 boys race.
Steamboat's Korie Steitz led the field in the J-1 girls race, also held on the longer 5K course.
She was followed by Winter Sports Club skiers MacCarthy in second and Gilliland in fourth.
Miller was eighth for the J-3 boys race that was held on a 3K course. On the girls side, Melissa Krause, Mary Rose and Emily Stout finished second, third and fourth, respectively in the girls J-3 class. Newman placed fifth, Ingalls was sixth and Michelle Lichtenfels took eighth in that same class.
Emma Lichtenfels placed fifth in the J-4 class and teammate Liza Stout took sixth. Michaela Frias was ninth and Eva Lambeck was 11th.
McNeil won the J-5 girls race followed by Lucy Newman in second. Richey was fifth. All of the girls in the younger classes raced on a shorter 2K course.
Tate said there were far more competitors in Saturday's race, which also was a high school event.
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