Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic skiers get top spots in Utah

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— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country program took 37 athletes ages 8 to 18 to the Soldier Hollow Olympic Nordic Venue in Utah for the annual Inter-Mountain Super Junior National Qualifier. The weekend event has become one of the largest junior cross-country events in the nation, with more than 600 competitors.

Friday’s races were in the classic skiing discipline, with the J3 and younger divisions competing in mass starts and the J2 and older groups competing in sprints.

Finishing on the podium were Kendall Harrington (first in J6 girls), Katy Floyd (first in J5 girls), Elise Barbier (third in J5 girls), Avery Harrington (second in J4 girls), Jordi Floyd (second in J3 girls), Mary O’Connell (second in the J1/OJ girls) and Charlie Von Thaden (third in the J1/OJ boys).

Saturday’s event was a mass-start skate event, with multiple local skiers finishing on the podium.

Kendall Harrington was first again in the J6 girls. Dimitri Grewal was second in the J5 boys, Katy Floyd won the J5 girls and Avery Harrington won the J4 girls event. Sven Tate was second in the J4 boys, Jordi Floyd was second in the J3 girls, Anna Burkholder was third in the J3 girls, Gretchen Burkholder was second in the J2 girls and Abbey Habermehl was third in the J2 girls.

Emily Hannah and Haley Piske picked up wins in the J1 and OJ girls divisions while Max Scrimgeour was second in the J1 boys.

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

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