Photo by John F. Russell
Steamboat Springs High School skier Suzanne Lyon pushes a gate out of the way while making her way down the slalom course at Howelsen Hill during Friday's high school race. Lyon won the women's race, and teammate Connor Bernard topped the men's field in the race hosted by Steamboat Springs High School.
2012 Sailors Alpine skiing schedule
Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs High School Alpine skier Connor Bernard swears he skis like that all the time. If true, it’s very entertaining.
The senior was the clear aggressor Friday during the Steamboat Springs High School-hosted slalom event at Howelsen Hill, lapping the field and taking his first high school podium of the year.
Bernard got wide through a couple of turns in his second run but still managed to finish first with a combined time of 1 minute, 16.23 seconds.
Battle Mountain’s Brinton Barry was a distant second in 1:19.25, while Steamboat’s Tommy Lyon was third in 1:21.03.
“That happens more regularly than I’d like to say,” Bernard said about looking like he was on the brink of a DNF — did not finish. “I got a little loose. Coming into the second run, I had a little bit of a barrier of time, but not much. I had to put it out there a little bit. But I’ve always skied like that.”
Bernard’s victory and Suzanne Lyon’s second consecutive win on the girls side highlighted another banner day for Steamboat’s Alpine ski team.
Lyon beat the women’s field by almost as much as Bernard did the men’s, finishing first in 1:24.96. Teammate Sarah White was second in 1:26.60, and Battle Mountain’s Kendall Vanhee was third in 1:31.00.
“It was home hill advantage,” said Lyon, who also won the giant slalom at Winter Park Resort last week. “I train it pretty much every day. I’m used to every terrain change. Here you can really use the hill to bring your skis around.”
Also for the Sailors, Peter White (fifth), Alec Schaffer (sixth), Willy Gunn (ninth), Eric Samuelson (11th) and Dane Dixson (15th) had top finishes on the boys side. Rachel Grubbs (seventh), Marnie Buckley (eighth), McKenzie Millard (ninth), Mallory Hoots (11th) and Martha Anderson (12th) helped the Sailors girls to another top day.
Most of the Steamboat skiers attacked the first run in a very turny slalom course similar to what they had been training on. By the second run, on a much more open course, most of the skiers were able to attack the right side of the course in making it an easy day for the high school ski team.
“I don’t know, you can never expect that,” Steamboat coach Anje Worrell said. “You hope that. For them, they should be comfortable on this hill. I’m really proud of all of them. They all did really well and they’re having a lot of success as a team.”
Steamboat next competes Friday. The meet, depending on snow, will be either at Eldora or Vail.
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