Thursday, December 9, 2010
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Nordic skiing program put together another strong performance during the weekend, earning a number of top places at an event in Breckenridge.
The crew walked away with four first-place finishes, including dominance from the team’s girls skiers. They grabbed all but one podium spot in four races.
Haley Piske helped lead the way. A junior at Steamboat Springs High School, Piske won the J1 division of Saturday’s skate-skiing race and Sunday’s classic-skiing event.
“Haley has been on the verge of a breakthrough for the past year,” Winter Sports Club Nordic coach Brian Tate said.
Madison Keeffe pulled off the same feat in the J2 race, winning Saturday and Sunday.
Michaela Frias was second in Saturday’s J1 race and fifth in Sunday’s. Lucy Newman was second Sunday and sixth Saturday.
Emily Hannah had two third-place performances, Mary O’Connell took a fourth and a fifth, and Mallory Richey finished 10th and 12th.
Gretchen Burkholder was second Saturday and third Sunday as a J2 racer. Dori McNeill was second Sunday after a seventh-place finish Saturday. Cara Piske and Maddie Ruppel each had one fourth- and one fifth-place finish, while Gabriel Bohlmann was sixth and 10th and Olivia Rose was 10th and 12th.
On Sunday, the skiers were unbeatable, claiming the top five spots in the girls J1 and J2 events.
Evan Weinman’s third-place showing in the J2 boys classic race Sunday paced that group. He was also seventh in the skate race. Lars Hannah was fifth and 11th, and Tanner Heil was ninth in both events.
J1 skier Max Scrimgeour was fourth and seventh while Charlie Von Thaden placed fifth twice.
The team returns to action Dec. 18 in Vail.