SSWSC garners top finishes

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— The second-to-last stop for the Surefoot Elite FIS Series took the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine team to Eldora Mountain Resort last weekend. Not only was the weather beautiful, but the athletes performed extremely well, hauling in three wins in two days of racing.

The weekend started with men's and women's giant slalom races on La Belle Dame. Snow conditions were some of the best of the season and the men and women took full advantage. Ann West navigated the course with the quickest time of the day in 2:01:55, securing her first victory of the weekend. The other women, also with impressive results, included Emily Sackett in 16th, Chrissy Ford (21st), Lorin Paley (23rd), Jorid Halsnes (24th), Caitlin Colgan (33rd) and Jaime Gay (35th).

For the men's giant slalom, Cory McConnell and Taylor Coe put down two good runs that placed them in the top 15 - ninth and 12th, respectively. Other finishers for the Winter Sports Club included Ryan Coe (20th), Andrew Albertson (41st), Scott Ptach (42th), Andrew White (43rd), Nelson Kane (44th), James Schindler (47th), Mark Dennis (51st), Brant Crossan (55th), David Hoff (64th), Jimmy Hostetler (66th) and Stan Sedberry (70th).

On Sunday, the women skied well with Ann West winning once again and gaining the first slalom victory of her career with a time of 1:49:76. Also in the top 15 were Caitlin Colgan in ninth, Emily Collins in 10th, Chrissy Ford in 11th and Emily Sackett in 13th. Other notable finishes in the women's slalom included Lorin Paley (16th), Jorid Halsnes (23rd) and Jaime Gay (32nd).

Steamboat also took first place in the men's slalom with Nick Kullas winning his second straight Surefoot FIS Slalom race. He completed the two-run race with the fastest time of the day in 1:47:41. Also finishing in the top 15 was James Schindler in 11th with his best Surefoot Elite FIS finish of the season. Other finishers included Taylor Coe (18th) and Brant Crossan (21st).

Next up for the Alpine men and women are the Junior Colorado Ski Cup Championships at Telluride and the Surefoot Elite FIS Finals at Breckenridge, Vail and Winter Park. The Winter Sports Club also will send five athletes to the U.S. Alpine National Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine, at the end of the month.

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