Local skiers aim for titles

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Six Steamboat Springs skiers are in Vermont this week, hoping to earn an NCAA title during the National Skiing Championships.

All of the skiers are former members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Skiers Joel Adams of the University of Colorado; David Lamb of the University of Denver; and Gladys Weidt of the University of New Mexico are competing in the Alpine events.

Mark Iverson of Montana State University is competing in the men's Nordic field, and Brooke Rygg and Jessica Gray of the University of Colorado are hoping to post top results on the women's side.

The championships began Wed-nesday in Stowe, Vt., with the University of Vermont sweeping the men's and women's giant slalom races.

But on Thursday, an impressive showing in the first Nordic event of the week helped the University of Denver leapfrog several teams moving into first with 369 points. Vermont held onto second with 348 points, and Dartmouth is now No. 3 with 296 points.

The University of Colorado is in sixth place.

Weidt, a junior at the University of New Mexico, placed 18th in the women's race.

Jamie Kingsbury, from the University of Vermont, topped the women's race with a time of 1 minute, 55.03 seconds. Weidt finished with a time of 2:03.17.

Steamboat was well-represented in the men's field, as well.

Lamb placed 21st, and Adams placed 22nd.

Vermont's Greg Hardy, who finished the race in a time of 1:45.49, won the men's race. Lamb crossed with a time of 1:49.63, and Adams finished at 1:49.80.

On Thursday, the cross-country skiers took the track for the men's 10-kilometer and the women's 5K classic races.

Denver's Rene Reisshauer topped the field with a time of 30:49. He was followed by teammates John Stene in second and Havard Selseng in fourth. University of Colorado skier Henrick Hoye placed third. Iverson placed 31st.

Alaska's Many Kaempf won the women's 5K race with a time of 17:19.3. Rygg was 33rd, and Gray was 34th.

On Friday, the Alpine skiers will return to action for the slalom races.

The championships come to a close Saturday with the women's 10K and men's 15K freestyle races. Both events feature a mass start.

The NCAA championships include some of the top college ski racers in the country competing for individual and team titles.

Next year, the championships will be hosted by the University of Colorado and are scheduled to take place March 8 to 11 in Steamboat Springs.

--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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