Steamboat Springs cross-country ski team impresses at Grand Mesa

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Evan Weinman competes at an event in the Grand Mesa. Weinman was fifth in Saturday's 5-kilometer classic race.

— For the second straight year, the Summit USSA cross-country ski races had to be moved because of a lack of snow. This year, the event was moved to the Grand Mesa.

The change of venue didn't seem to bother members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's cross-country ski team.

“The Grand Mesa trail System had great snow coverage and was most likely the only site in Colorado capable of hosting these events,” Winter Sports Club cross-country coach Brian Tate said.

The Winter Sports Club had 17 athletes at the race. It was the team’s second competition of the year after having great success in an opening event in West Yellowstone, Mont.

Cara Piske led the way with the fastest female time in the 5-kilometer skate race Saturday. She finished second in the 5-kilometer classic race and was the top J1 female athlete.

Gretchen Burkholder was third in the skate race and second to Piske in the J1 division. Madison Keeffe was second in the skate and third in the classic J1 division. Katie Brodie was third and Jordi Floyd was fourth in both races.

On the boys side, Tyler Terranova had two firsts in the J3 division, while Lars Hannah was second in the J1 division skate race and fourth in Saturday’s classic race.

Evan Weinman was fifth in the classic race while Simon Zink was fourth in both races in the J2 division. Simon Zink, competing in his first event, finished 18th in the classic race.

Other results included Evan Barbier (10th skate, ninth classic in J2 Boys), Tanner Heil (ninth skate in J1 boys), Abbey Habermehl (fifth skate and classic in J2 girls), Lark Skov (10th skate, ninth classic in J2 girls), Lucy Newman (second skate and classic in OJ girls) and Dori McNeill (seventh skate and classic in J1 girls).

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

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