Steamboat snowboarders start season with wins

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And away they go.

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboard team kicked off its season Sunday with a race at Copper Mountain. It took only that one event for local riders to start hauling in top results.

The squad came home with 13 first-place finishes.

Maggie Rose Carrigan and Michael Trapp led the way, each competing in the open class. Carrigan was first in the slalom and third in the giant slalom in the open women’s class, and Trapp mirrored her, going first in slalom and third in GS in the open men's division.

“Maggie Rose, she’s just 16 years old and this was her first year competing in the open class,” Winter Sports Club coach Tori Koski said. “She’s in there competing with older girls and she won, so that’s huge. She rode really well. All of them rode really well.”

Converse Fields was third in slalom and fourth in giant slalom. Steven MacCutcheon was seventh in GS, Ryan Rosencranz was 11th, and Luke Witcher was 24th.

Winston Vaughan piled up two victories in the menehune boys division, winning both events. Cody Winters was first in GS and second in slalom for the breaker boys class. Billy Winters was first in GS and second in slalom for the youth men's division, and Myles Silverman swapped spots with him, finishing just ahead in first in the slalom and just behind in second in the GS. Garrett Denney, meanwhile, won both races in the junior men’s category.

Katie Keough added two more first-place showings in the women’s jams division, while Dave Winters won both events in the men's kahuna class.

The event came in the middle of what have been long days for the team training on the runs available at Copper Mountain. Racing continues Tuesday and Wednesday with FIS Race to the Cup snowboard events.

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