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Katie Brodie skis at the Junior National qualifier in Durango. Brodie finished third in the girls J3 division.

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Katie Brodie skis at the Junior National qualifier in Durango. Brodie finished third in the girls J3 division.

Steamboat cross-country team posts top results in Durango

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Gretchen Burkholder skis up a hill at a Junior National qualifier in Durango. Burkholder finished second place in the female J3 division

Saturday sprint results

OJ Men

  1. Eliot Neal

OJ Women

  1. Molly Newmans

J1 Women

  1. Michaela Frias
  2. Haley Piske
  3. Betsy Neal

J2 Boys

  1. Max Scrimgeour
  2. Evan Weinman
  3. Tanner Heil

J2 Girls

  1. Lucy Newman
  2. Dori McNeill
  3. Emily Hannah
  4. Mallory Richey
  5. Maddie Ruppel
  6. Cara Piske

J3 Boys

  1. Cody Deitz

J3 Girls

  1. Katie Brodie
  2. Gretchen Burkholder
  3. Olivia Rose
  4. Eliza Leeson
  5. Samantha Terranova

J4 Boys

  1. Frank Ruppel
  2. Luke Jankowski
  3. Will Anderson
  4. Tyler Terranova

J4 Girls

  1. Anna Burkholder
  2. Grace Mark

J5 Boys

  1. Tyler Anderson

J6 Boys

  1. Ethan Beach

Sunday skate results

OJ Men

  1. Eliot Neal

J1 Women

  1. Frias
  2. Piske
  3. Neal

J2 Boys

  1. Scrimgeour
  2. Heil

16.Weinman

J2 Girls

  1. Hannah
  2. Newman
  3. Richey
  4. McNeill
  5. Ruppel
  6. Piske

J3 Boys

  1. Deitz

J3 Girls

  1. Gretchen Burkholder
  2. Brodie
  3. Olivia Rose
  4. Terranova
  5. Leeson

J4 Boys

  1. Ruppel
  2. Terranova
  3. Anderson
  4. Jankowski

J4 Girls

  1. Anna Burkholder
  2. Mark

J5 Boys

  1. Anderson

J6 Boys

  1. Beach

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated a finisher in the men's OJ division Sunday. The story has been changed to reflect that Eliot Neal came in fourth place in the division. Betsy Neal was in ninth place in the women's J1 division.

At the halfway point of qualifying for the cross-country Junior Nationals in March, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club team is on pace to send multiple members to the event in Maine.

The team took part in two qualifiers Saturday and Sunday in Durango. The qualifiers were the third and fourth of the season.

“Our goal would be get J2 and older qualified for Junior Nationals there,” coach Brian Tate said. “Not everyone is going to make it, but we’re hoping most can pull it together.”

Leading the way for Steamboat in Durango were multiple skiers with top finishes.

On Saturday in the sprint competition, Eliot Neal won the OJ men’s division, and Molly Newman won the women’s. In the J1 women’s division, Michaela Frias was second, and Haley Piske was third. Max Scrimgeour was second in the boys J2 division, Lucy Newman won the girls J2 division, Dori McNeill was second, Emily Hannah was fourth and Mallory Richey was fifth.

Katie Brodie was second in the J3 girls division, and Gretchen Burkholder was third. In the boys J4 division, Frank Ruppel was first, and Anna Burkholder was third in the girls J4 division.

Tyler Anderson was third in the boys J5 division, and Ethan Beach was third in the boys J6 division.

Sunday’s event was a skate race. Tate said after Saturday’s top finishes in the sprint, Steamboat skiers struggled a little bit on the second day.

He said despite the heavy legs, he was pleased with Sunday’s performance.

Eliot Neal again led the way in the men’s OJ division, finishing fourth Sunday. Frias (second), Piske (third) and Betsy Neal (ninth) all fared well in the women’s J1 category. Scrimgeour was fifth in the boys J2 division, and Hannah won the girls J2 division. Gretchen Burkholder was second in the girls J3 category and Brodie was third. In the boys J4 division, Ruppel finished second, and Terranova was fifth. Anna Burkholder was second in the girls J4 category, Anderson was second in the J5 boys and Beach was third in the J6 boys.

With eight qualifying races, the top four finishes will decide who gets to go to Junior Nationals in March.

Tate said he’s confident that Steamboat should have a strong contingent there. The next qualifying races are Jan. 29 and 30 at the Soldier Hollow course in Utah.

“I was quite impressed with the younger skiers,” Tate said. “Then especially with the girls. They have really stepped it up, and every race we can count on one or two, or even three, athletes being in the mix.”

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