Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country team competed in the first two of eight Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Qualifiers in Vail on Saturday and Sunday.
The event took place at a new venue for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. The club developed about 5 kilometers of trails in Maloit Park in Minturn. The trails twisted and turned through aspen stands and climbed short steep hills.
Saturday’s classic race was 5 kilometers for J2 and older and 2.5 kilometers for J3 and younger.
The Winter Sports Club brought 53 skiers ages 8 to 19 for Saturday’s event.
Highlights included Max Scrimgeour in second place in the J1/OJ, followed in third by Charlie Von Thaden. Haley Piske won her third race in a row, placing first in the J1/OJ division.
Madison Keeffe dominated the J2 girl division, winning by 51 seconds ahead of teammate Gretchen Burkholder in second. Teammate Cara Piske was third, Dori McNeill was fourth, and Maddie Ruppel was sixth.
In the girl’s J3 division, five athletes finished in the top 10. Katie Brodie grabbed first place, followed by Samantha Terranova in third, Abbey Habermehl in fifth, Jordon Floyd in sixth and Anna Burkholder in eighth.
The J2 boys race saw Evan Weinman ski to a fourth-place finish, followed by Lars Hannah in seventh and Tanner Heil in 10th.
In the J4 boys, Tyler Terranova took first, Will Anderson followed in second and Sven Tate rounded out in third.
Zane Worrell won the boys J5, with teammate Jack Tracy in third. For the J5 girls, Anna Terranova won, with Katy Floyd in third.
Posy Skov won the girls J6 division. On the J6 boys side, Jameson Tracy finished second.
Sunday’s skate sprint started with a 1.4-kilometer individual time trial.
Results from this time trial placed competitors in four six-person heats. The top three finishers moved on to the next heat. This rotation continued until there were six left fighting for the top position. Winter Sports Club athletes kept their momentum from the previous day and possibly created more with their results.
The J2 girls took the top five spots in their sprint final. Madison Keeffe again won, followed closely by Dori McNeill in second, Maddie Ruppel in third, Gretchen Burkholder in fourth and Cara Piske in fifth. Gabriel Bohlmann finished eighth, and Olivia Rose finished 12th.
It took a video camera to determine that Emily Hannah outstretched teammate Mary O’Connell by a couple of inches to win the J1/OJ field. Haley Piske came in third, with Lucy Newman in fourth.
In the J1/OJ boys division, Charlie Von Thaden grabbed second, and Max Scrimgeour came in third. The J2 boys final saw Evan Weinman finish fifth, Lars Hannah eighth, Ben Berend ninth and Tanner Heil 10th.
With a strong push in the final 100 meters, Evan Barbier captured third in the J3 boys division, with Grant Andrews fifth and Frank Ruppel 10th. J3 girls packed the top 10, with Katie Brodie in third, Jordon Floyd fourth, Abbey Habermehl sixth, Natalie Bohlmann seventh, Samantha Terranova eighth and Anna Burkholder ninth.
The J4 boys again swept the podium. Tyler Terranova made it two in a row by winning the sprint Sunday, followed by Wyatt Gebhardt in second, Noel Keeffe in third, and Sven Tate in fourth. Anna Terranova won the J5 girls, with Waverly Gebhardt in third. Posy Skov won the girls J6 division.