Steamboat skiers compete with consistency

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— Steamboat Springs Alpine ski team coach Chad Bowdre is beginning to see the consistency on his girls squad begin to pay off.

In their Friday slalom races at Loveland, Steamboat's girls placed fourth behind Jenny Allen's fastest overall time of 1 minute, 24.88 seconds. Her scorching first-run time of 42.02 was nearly a second faster than the second-place finisher, Middle Park's Khyla Burrows.

"She skis at a high level and is just always solid," Bowdre said. "It's great to have her on the team - she really likes to compete for the high school team."

The Sailors finished in fourth out of 13 girls teams behind Battle Mountain (1st), Middle Park (2nd) and Summit (3rd).

Steamboat had two other scoring skiers finish in the top 20, with Anna Anderson's 15th-place finish and Sarah Dixson coming in with what Bowdre said was "one of her top finishes," at 19th.

Bowdre said the whole of the girls team has impressed him with consistent performances, specifically in the team's other top-30 finishers that included Jamie Gay (22nd) and Carolyn Chotvacs (30th).

On the boy's side, Aspen's Sam Coffey and Wiley Maple continued their high school race dominance by taking first and second, respectively.

Despite the stiff competition, Bowdre said Steamboat's Bernard brothers, Ramsey and Jordy, have been posting solid enough runs to top the Aspen duo. Ramsey and Jordy both fell on their first runs, having to hike up to missed gates, but they responded with the fifth- and sixth-fastest second runs, respectively.

Ramsey Bernard's combined time of 1:28.46 landed him Steamboat's top spot at tenth, right ahead of 11th-place finisher Kris Allen. Jordy Bernard scored for the Sailors at 24th and Max Pensack also cracked the top 30 at 29th.

The boys team finished in third place behind Summit and Aspen.

The Steamboat Alpine ski team's next race is a giant slalom event, Friday at Ski Cooper.

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