Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country team begins season

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— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ability cross-country team kicked off the season Friday and Saturday with the Yellowstone Ski Festival in West Yellowstone, Mont.

The event serves as a kickoff to the season with races, demos, ski shows and a variety of clinics. It was the eighth year the Winter Sports Club has attended.

With little snow, the event was moved to higher elevations, and the Winter Sports Club turned in top results.

Racing against some of the country’s top skiers in a 9-kilometer Super Tour event, Madison Keeffe was 31st overall and second in the J1 age group. Gretchen Burkholder was 37th overall and third in the J1 age group, and Cara Piske was 45th overall and seventh in the J1 age group. Dori McNeill was 80th overall and 19th in her age group.

Abbey Habermehl was the second J2 skier and 62nd overall. Katie Brodie was the fourth J2 skier and 85th overall.

On the boys side, Tanner Heil was 101st overall and ninth in the J1 category. Evan Weinman finished 107th overall and 10th in the J1 field, and Seth Zegelstein finished 157th overall and 30th in the J1 division.

Simon Zink was the third J2 to finish. His overall finish was 137th.

Winter Sports Club alumna Mary Rose, now a University of Colorado Ski Team member, finished 10th in the race.

On Saturday, in a 1.5-kilometer sprint prologue, Keeffe again lead the Winter Sports Club with a third-place finish in the J1 division and 25th overall. Lucy Newman (31st/fifth J1), McNeill (35th/sixth J1), Piske (37th/eighth J1) and Burkholder (40th/11th J1) had solid races.

Lars Hannah lead the boys with a 65th overall result and 5th in the J1 division. He was followed by Weinman (72nd/10th J1) and Heil (83rd/16th J1). Simon Zink was 103rd overall and the third J2 skier.

In the junior race, Brodie was second, Habermehl was 3rd, and Anna Burkholder was 4th. Seth Zegelstein was 2nd in the boys division. Charlie Von Thaden, also an alumnus, finished the day in 35th overall and second in the Older Junior division.

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

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