Gleason boys win skiing title

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Several hours had passed since Steamboat Springs Nordic skier Mike Gleason had won the boys Freestyle race at the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge.

But somehow, the idea that he was a state champion still eluded the Steamboat Springs High School senior when he talked about the race.

"I keep waiting for the phone to ring and someone to tell me that the timing was off," Gleason said. "I am still a little shocked that I won."

Gleason said he felt sluggish in his warm-up, but he was anything but during the race. Gleason completed the 5-kilometer course in a time of 13 minutes, 58.4 seconds, just slipping past second-place finisher Taylor Sheldon of Vail Mountain School, who finished at 13:59.5. Steamboat Springs' Marty Smith was third with a time of 14:03.7, and Andy Garber was eighth with a time of 14:49.5. Kyle Steitz was 23rd, and Justin Krause finished 27th.

The three top-10 finishes helped the Steamboat Springs boys win the freestyle portion of the state championships with 171 points, Aspen was second with 164 points, and Summit was third with 159 points.

Brittany Perkins led the Summit High School girls team to first place in the girls freestyle race.

She finished first with a time of 16:02.2. Vail Mountain School's Haleigh Armstrong was second at 16:17.8, and Steamboat was led by Korie Steitz in third at 16:36.1. Teammate Melissa Krause was eighth at 17:33.9, and Sarah MacCarthy finished ninth at 17:35.6.

Summit won the girls freestyle race with 166 points. Steamboat was second at 163, and Aspen was third with 154 points.

Summit's Tanner MacDonald won the boys race, and teammate Jenny Hearn topped the women's field in the Alpine giant slalom race.

Top Steamboat boys included Derek Nickum in 11th, Wiley Thayer in 13th and Ramsey Bernard in 17th. The boys placed third in the race behind first-place Summit County and second-place Aspen.

Steamboat's Priska Sorensen was third in the girls giant slalom. Teammate Anna Anderson was 18th, and Katie Conrath placed 28th.

Summit County won the giant slalom event. Evergreen was second, Aspen was third, and Steamboat finished fourth.

The state high school skiing championships will continue in Summit County today with the Nordic classic race and the Alpine slalom event.

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