McConnell, Letson lead SSWSC

Team sees high temperatures and good results at Beaver Creek

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With temperatures pushing 50 degrees at Beaver Creek, members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had another fast day on the ski course Saturday.

Cory McConnell won Friday's giant slalom and came out on top in Saturday's slalom race to lead the Winter Sports Club in the weekend's SmartWool races, which are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

Lauren Letson paced the Winter Sports Club girls with two second-place finishes on Friday and Saturday. Letson went from eighth to second on Saturday.

"I think she was tactful in both runs," said Tom Davis, ability class coach with the Winter Sports Club. "She skied a lot more aggressively on the second run."

Robyn Dye finished third for the Steamboat girls on Saturday, as well. Jenny Allen placed third Friday.

"Those were pretty outstanding performances," Davis said. "It was a really good day with our younger skiers."

The SmartWool races are open to ages 19 and younger, but some of Steamboat's youngest racers proved faster than the veterans during the weekend.

McConnell, Letson, Allen, Dye and Ian Landy, who finished 13th on Saturday, are J2 racers, a division for competitors 15 and 16 years old.

Hanzi Deschermeier also had a good weekend for the Winter Sports Club. The J1 racer (17-19 years old) placed seventh in Friday's giant slalom and third in the J1 division. Davis said it was Deschermeier's personal-best finish.

Also faring well for the boys on Saturday were Dylan Roberts (19th) and Wiley Thayer (28th).

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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