Larry Bosche skate skis toward the finish line of Thursday’s Telemark sprint classic race at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs. Bosche was third in the men’s citizen category and was one of 33 racers to take part in the first day of the four-day U.S. Telemark National Championships in Steamboat.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Larry Bosche skate skis toward the finish line of Thursday’s Telemark sprint classic race at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs. Bosche was third in the men’s citizen category and was one of 33 racers to take part in the first day of the four-day U.S. Telemark National Championships in Steamboat.

McKinstry, Snyder win sprint classic Telemark event in Steamboat

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U.S. Telemark National Championships results

Sprint classic results

Thursday, March 24

Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs

Women

1. Madi McKinstry, 113.98 seconds

2. Zoe Taylor, 119.39

3. Maggie Doherty, 123.64

4. Annecy Hillmuth, 124.79

5. Erika Walters, 127.57

6. Katie Ross, 146.90

Men

1. Cory Snyder, 98.71

2. Shane Anderson, 98.83

3. Tommy Gogolen, 100.86

4. Charlie Dresen, 101.60

5. Jeffrey Gay, 102.44

6. David Hobbs, 107.46

7. Joel Nylander, 110.59

8. Drew Hauser, 110.70

9. Birk Larson, 110.87

10. Peter McMann, 114.81

11. Chris Henery, 115.82

12. Garrett Long, 116.26

13. Rick Walters, 119.38

14. Josh Lanzetta, 120.65

15. Joseph Fetherolf, 121.81

16. Cole Schneider, 122.24

Girls 13U

Lyta Foulk, 147.46

Farli Boden, 165.36

Hadley McGee, 204.48

Boys 17U

Jack Rosenthal, 172.39

Men’s Citizen

George Clark, 133.53

Kenneth Taylor, 136.73

Larry Bosche, 147.34

Scott Edgerton, 148.81

Tim Boden, 148.83

— Steamboat Springs Telemark skier Madi McKinstry knows that taking the leap from the U.S. Telemark’s B team to its A team would be a significant accomplishment.

“It’s something I’ve dreamed about since eighth grade,” the 16-year-old said Thursday.

She took a big step toward that goal Thursday, winning the women’s side of a Telemark sprint classic race. It was the first event of the U.S. Telemark National Championships in Steamboat.

McKinstry logged the fastest runs on her first and second trips down the Howelsen Hill course.

She was clean enough through the two giant slalom sections, good off the mid-course jump, fast around the banked 360-degree turn and efficient in the short skate-skiing portion that took skiers across the finish line.

“It was pretty good,” McKinstry said.

She finished with a two-run combined time more than two seconds ahead of Zoe Taylor. Both had equal penalties, so McKinstry emerged with the win in a time 113.98 seconds. Taylor was second at 119.39 seconds, and Maggie Doherty was third in 123.64 seconds.

Cory Snyder won on the men’s side, capturing his second victory in a national championship race. The New Hampshire skier won last year’s dual slalom race. He trailed Steamboat-based athlete Shane Anderson after the first run Thursday but had just enough on his second trip down a slushy Howelsen course.

“Shane was definitely the favorite. He’s a great skater, a great skier and a great jumper,” Snyder said. “Knowing that Shane is Shane and that he’s going to be fast, you have to put him out of your head and ski your own run.”

Anderson led by 0.07 seconds after the first run. Snyder was 0.19 seconds faster on the second run. Both skied clean, avoiding potential penalties on the jump and turns, and Snyder emerged barely on top.

He was in at 98.71 seconds, ahead of Anderson’s 98.83 seconds. Tommy Gogolen was third in 100.86 seconds.

“It was good to finally lay down two awesome runs and make some stuff happen,” Snyder said. “To beat Shane is definitely an accomplishment for me. This is definitely the best race I’ve had.”

The Telemark action resumes at 9:30 a.m. today with the dual slalom event, also at Howelsen Hill. The event has been moved up from its original time.

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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