After a disappointing showing in Monday's sprint races, the Rocky Mountain Division rebounded in a big way Wednesday.
Behind the first-place effort of Aspen skier Simi Hamilton, the Rocky Mountain Division collected six of the top-10 places in the 15-kilometer freestyle race, which was held in Truckee, Calif.
Hamilton, whose second place was one of the few RMD highlights Monday, led the J-1 field with a time of 34 minutes, 52.8 seconds. Auburn Ski Club's Matt Gelso followed him in second at 35:14, and Vail's Sylvan Ellefson finished third at 36.19.
Aspen's Brandon Cooper was fourth, Durango's Tad Elliot was fifth, and Steamboat's Marty Smith came in ninth.
Smith, the top finisher from Steamboat Springs, completed the course in a time of 37:26.4. Mike Gleason placed 16th at 38:02.9, and Paul Rose placed 59th at 40:14.3.
Intermountain skier Dylan Morgk topped the men's J-2 race results with a time of 36:33.9.
Intermountain skier Rosie Brennan led the girl's J-1 race, which was held on a 10-kilometer course.
Brennan finished the race in a time of 28:03 and was followed by Intermountain teammate Alexa Turzian, who took second at 29:06.
Brittany Perkins was the top Rocky Mountain Division skier in seventh place, and Korie Steitz (31:05.5) led the local finishers in 25th place. Sarah MacCarthy (31:13.3) was 28th.
In her first Junior Olympic race, Steamboat's Mary Rose cruised to a 13th-place finish in the girls J-2 race, and teammate Melissa Krause was 29th.
Morgan Arritola of Sun Valley won the race, which was held on a 10-kilometer track, in a time of 27:32.1.
Racing will continue today with the classic race. The boys' J-1 race will take place on a 10K track, and most of the other divisions will take part in the 5K races.