Cross country skiers Sarah MacCarthy and Paul Rose led the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in the first event of the Junior National Championships held Monday in Lake Placid, N.Y.
MacCarthy, who won the state high school classic title last month, recorded the top Steamboat finish in the 1-kilometer sprint event, placing seventh in the final standings of the J1 girls division.
University of Michigan skier Morgan Smyth won the event after qualifying second in the division, Alaska skier Elizabeth Quinley was second and teammate Tazlina Mannix placed third.
In the sprint event, skiers run a qualifier before advancing to single-elimination heats where only the top skiers advance.
Steamboat's Meredith Gilliland placed 30th and Korie Steitz was 33rd, but neither of the skiers made it to the elimination rounds.
Ida Sargent of Craftsbury Nordic club won the girls J2 class and Katie Ronsse of Alaska won the Older Juniors class in the opening event.
Steamboat's Paul Rose, who placed ninth in the boy's J2 class, was the top Steamboat finisher on the boys side.
He qualified eighth for the elimination round and finished ninth overall. Dylan McGuffin of the Gunstock Nordic club won the event after qualifying fourth.
Aspen's Simi Hamilton topped the boy's J1 class. The top Steamboat finisher in that event was Andy Garber in 44th. Steamboat's Marty Smith (49th), Austin Ross (55th) and Mike Gleason (61st) also raced Monday .
The Junior Nationals continue today with 5-, 10-, and 15-kilometer classic races.
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