Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Sven Tate races during the weekend in Crested Butte at the Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Qualifying event. Sven finished first in the J4 skate and classic races.

Tom Scrimgeour / Courtesy

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Sven Tate races during the weekend in Crested Butte at the Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Qualifying event. Sven finished first in the J4 skate and classic races.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country skiers place well in Crested Butte

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— With just enough snow, Crested Butte hosted two Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Qualifying cross-country races last weekend.

The races were the first in a series of national qualifiers for the season. Athletes use their best four of eight races to qualify for the Junior Nationals in March.

Despite racing on a challenging course at an elevation of 9,000 feet, multiple Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes notched top finishes.

Finishing first both days were Sven Tate in the J4 boys, Max Scrimgeour in the J1 boys and Haley Piske in the OJ girls.

Abbey Habermehl took the win in Saturday’s J2 skate race and finished 3rd in the classic race. 

After struggling in Saturday’s race, Gretchen Burkholder powered her way to victory in Sunday’s J2 classic race.

Other notable results included Lars Hannah (third in J2 skate and second in classic), Anna Burkholder (second in J3 skate and third in classic), Michaela Frias (second in the OJ skate and second in classic), Wyatt Gebhardt (second in J3 skate), Evan Barbier (second in J3 classic), Lucy Newman (third in J1 classic), Posy Skov (third in J5 classic), Evan Weinman (fourth in J1 Classic), Madison Keeffe (fourth in J1 skate) and Tyler Terranova (fourth in the J3 classic).

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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