Marno sets pace at ski race

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None of the girls in last week's J-4 Junior Olympics could keep pace with Steamboat Springs ski racer Anna Marno in Winter Park.

Marno's victory in the super-G at the start of the week gave her the advantage she needed to secure the overall title at the J-4 Junior Olympic Championships, which featured some of the best 11- and 12-year-old ski racers in the country.

The championships, which took place March 16 to 19, included a super-G, two giant slalom and two slalom races on Winter Park's Meadows and Hughes ski runs.

Marno proved she was the most consistent skier in the field with her victory in the super-G, two, second-place finishes in the giant slalom as well as a fifth-place and eighth-place finishes in the slalom.

"There is no question that Anna was the skier of the week for us," coach Scott Wither said. "She was consistent from start to finish at these races."

Marno opened with her best result of the week Thursday in the super-G.

She screamed down the course in a time of 58.01 seconds to win the race. Vail's Lizzie Seibert was second and Taos Ski Academy racer Amanda Veth was third.

Other top Steamboat finishers included Maria Hillenbrand in 13th, Natalie Pearl in 24th, Ciar Colgan in 28th, and Sarah White in 34th. Emmily Rabbitt was 39th, Cassady Daley was 43rd, and Corinne Landy was 51st.

Friday's giant slalom races turned into to dual between Marno and Veth.

The first race was decided by less than a second, with Veth (1:05.07) edging Marno (1:05.41) for the victory. Vail's Seibert finished third with a time of 1:06.18.

Veth increased the margin of victory in the second race finishing at 1:04.97. Marno was second at 1:05.14 and Buck Hill's Madeline Wiltgen was third with a time of 1:05.66.

Other top Steamboat finishers included Hillenbrand in 12th, Landy in 28th, Colgan in 29th, White in 31st, Rabbitt in 33rd and Daley in 38th.

In the second race, Hillenbrand was 10th, Cogan was 22nd, Rabbitt was 34th, Landy was 35th, White was 36th and Daley finished 46th.

The women wrapped up the week on Saturday with two, one-run slalom races on Lower Hughes.

Buck Hill's Nicole Larson and her teammate Wiltgen tied for first place in the morning race. Things were just as tight in the afternoon, where Madison Alpine Race Team skier Jessica Delacenserie held off a group of nine skiers who finished less than a second behind her.

Steamboat's Hillenbrand, who started in the 21st, was a part of that group. She finished third with a time of 38.39. Delacenserie's winning time was 38.32.

Top Steamboat finishers in the first slalom included Marno in eighth, Hillenbrand in 12th, Colgan in 29th, Daley in 44th, Landy in 49th, Rabbitt in 51st and White in 53rd.

Hillenbrand led the way for Steamboat in the second race. Marno was fifth, Colgan was 26th, Pearl was 29th, Daley was 36th, White was 40th, Landy was 45th, and Rabbitt was 50th

Wither was happy with all the results, especially when you consider that Colgan, Pearl, Daley, White, and Landy are all first-year J-4 racers.

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