Steamboat team skis to top finishes

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— Despite high winds, low temperatures and downright miserable conditions, Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski coach Chad Bowdre left the state championship ski meet in Vail with a smile on his face.

"There were incredible winds blowing straight up the course," Bowdre said. "There were times I was just standing on the hill, and I thought I was going to blow over. In fact, one coach did blow over : but we still had a blast. The athletes were just fantastic."

Bowdre said several individual and team accomplishments highlighted the meet. Steamboat's Jenny Allen is the state champion in slalom after posting a combined time of 1 minute, 45.4 seconds. Allen helped the Sailors to a third-place team finish in the slalom.

Chrissy Ford finished 10th, Sarah Dixson was 20th and Jamie Gay was 22nd.

On the boys side, Steamboat Springs won the slalom team championship with strong performances from Ramsey Bernard (second place), Ian Landy (fourth place) and Wiley Thayer (fifth place).

"It's fantastic," Bowdre said. "Jenny's solid all the time, and those boys are just solid all the time."

In giant slalom, the boys finished third behind strong finishes from Landy (fifth), Thayer (12th) and Ben Paley (24th). The girls finished in sixth behind good performances from three underclassmen. Freshman Lorin Paley paced the Sailors with a 13th-place finish. Sophomores Hannah Berglund and Gay finished 18th and 22nd, respectively.

Bowdre said he also was pleased with how the boys and girls teams finished in the league point standings. League points are awarded at each race during the course of the season, and a winner is crowned at the end of the year.

The boys finished second, and the girls finished third.

Aspen claimed the overall state championship on the boys side, and Summit won the overall state championship on the girls side. Both the Steamboat boys and girls finished in fifth place.

The overall state champion is based on which team collects the most combined points in the Alpine and Nordic events.

Steamboat also claimed top finishes in the Skimeister. The Skimeister combines scores from competitors who take part in Nordic and Alpine events.

Steamboat's Anna Anderson finished second in the Skimeister, and Kris Allen finished third.

"The most important part is having fun," Bowdre said, "and we skied extremely well."

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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