Steamboat's Seymour shines in J4 slalom

J4 regional championships finish with runs at Howelsen

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— Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club J4 skier Jett Seymour picked up his third and fourth top-10 finishes of the 2011 J4 Rocky/Central Regional Alpine Championships on Saturday in two slalom events at Howelsen Hill.

Seymour, who finished ninth in super G and third in giant slalom Friday, registered a seventh-place finish in Saturday’s first slalom run.

He was 10th in the second run.

“He’s focused, and he’s working very, very hard,” said Anje Worrell, assistant Alpine director for the Winter Sports Club club. “We’re totally not surprised. He’s really dedicated. Of all of our Steamboat boys, he had a really, really good week. He loves to ski.”

Other Steamboat boys’ first-run finishes included Andrew McCawley in 18th, Elliot Ryan in 35th, Sam Frackowiak in 51st, Channing Conner in 56th, Alexander Coffey in 66th and Will McConnell in 67th.

McConnell was 13th in the second slalom run, and Coffey finished 32nd. McCawley was 35th, Ryan was 36th, Conner was 57th and Frackowiak was 64th.

The girls team struggled, with Jennie Symons leading the way, finishing 16th in the second run.

Kristina Steinberg was the top Steamboat finisher in the first run, coming in 39th. Maritza Wiedel was 41st, Abigail Wiedel was 47th, Mackenzie Ward was 55th, Logan Sankey was 60th and Mckenzie Millard was 68th. Symons did not finish, and Sawyer Gander was disqualified.

In the second run, Maritza Wiedel was 32nd, Millard was 35th, Ward was 41st, Steinberg was 45th, Abigail Wiedel was 69th, Sankey was 72nd and Gander did not finish.

Saturday wrapped up an interesting week for the J4 Championships. Delays and weather put strains on the event earlier in the week. That continued Saturday as race supervisors had to salt the snow in the second run to harden it up.

Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to thwart the event, Worrell said she couldn’t have been happier with the way her staff handled things during the week.

“We pulled it off,” she said. “The last two days we pulled it off. Our staff did a great job. It’s a lot of work this time of year with the snow starting to deteriorate, but everyone did a great job.”

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