Skiers start strong at West Yellowstone

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West Yellowstone Super Tour Races

1.3K Sprint Qualifier Male

Evan Weinman- 3rd U18 ~ 45th overall- SSWSC

Lars Hannah- 6th U18 ~ 72nd overall- SSWSC

Evan Barbier- 7th U16 ~ 118th overall- SSWSC

Tyler Terranova- 8th U16 ~ 121nd overall- SSWSC

Wyatt Gebhardt- 10th U16 ~ 123rd overall- SSWSC

Sven Tate- 1st U14 ~ 125th overall- SSWSC

SSWSC Affiliation

Max Scrimgeour- 4th U20 ~ 49th overall- University of Colorado

Sprint Heat Results Male

Evan Weinman- 4th- Junior A Final- SSWSC

SSWSC Affiliation:

Max Scrimgeour- 3rd- Junior A Final- University of Colorado

1.3k Sprint Qualifier Female

Cara Piske- 3rd U20 ~ 31st overall- SSWSC

Abbey Habermehl - 10th U18 ~ 44th overall- SSWSC

Katie Brodie- 11th U18 ~ 45th overall- SSWSC

SSWSC Affiliation

Mary Rose- 5th U23 ~ 17th overall- Sun Valley Gold Team

Lucy Newman- 2nd U20 ~ 23rd overall- University of Colorado

Sprint Heat Results Female

Cara Piske- 2nd Junior A Final- SSWSC

Abbey Habermehl- 4th Junior B Final- SSWSC

Katie Brodie- 5th Junior B Final- SSWSC

SSWSC Affiliation

Mary Rose- 5th Senior Quarter Final Heat #2- Sun Valley Gold Team

Lucy Newman- 5th Senior Quarter Final Heat #5- University of Colorado

15k Freestyle Male

Lars Hannah- 3rd U18 ~ 54th overall- SSWSC

Evan Weinman- 9th U20 ~ 71st overall- SSWSC

SSWSC Affiliation

Max Scrimgeour- 4th U20 ~ 47th overall- University of Colorado

10k Freestyle Female

Cara Piske- 3rd U20 ~ 29th overall- SSWSC

Gretchen Burkholder- 4th U18 ~ 37th overall- SSWSC

Abbey Habermehl- 5th U18 ~ 40th overall- SSWSC

Katie Brodie- 17th U18 ~ 67th overall- SSWSC

SSWSC Affiliation

Mary Rose- 5th U23 ~ 11th overall- Sun Valley Gold Team

Lucy Newman- 4th U20 ~ 33rd overall- University of Colorado

Tammy Jacques- 26th overall- SSWSC coaching staff

5k Freestyle Junior Race Male

Noel Keeffe- 10th U16- SSWSC

Evan Barbier- 11th U16- SSWSC

Wyatt Gebhardt- 12th U16- SSWSC

Tyler Terranova- 16th U16- SSWSC

Sven Tate- 3rd U14- SSWSC

5k Freestyle Junior Race Female

Anna Burkholder- 8th U16- SSWSC

It’s a tricky game, preparing for the season for a cross-country skier. Consider, for instance, the results from last weekend’s West Yellowstone Super Tour races in Montana, the annual kickoff to the competitive season for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic skiers.

“We don’t have to be sharp, sharp,” Winter Sports Club coach Brian Tate said of the event. “If any kid was super sharp, I’d be surprised, even worried.”

That’s because the race follows a week of hard training. “Super sharp” is for the months ahead, not for Thanksgiving weekend. That weekend is for building, and that, Tate said, is what took place on the Montana snow.

The big races are in the future, but Friday and Saturday results show promise for those Winter Sports Club skiers who entered, he said.

Cara Piske notched some of the day's best results, finishing third in the U20 group and 31st overall in a 1.3-kilometer sprint qualifier race. She was also second in the junior A final in the sprint heat results, third in the U20 and 29th overall in the 10K freestyle Nordic skiing distance

“She was pretty fired up,” Tate said.

Other top finishers with Steamboat ties were Evan Weinman, third in the U18 division and 45th overall in the 1.3K sprint distance; and Max Scrimgeour, now skiing for University of Colorado, fourth in U20 and 49th overall.

Mary Rose was fifth in the U23 and 17th overall at the 1.3K distance, skiing for the Sun Valley Gold Team, and Lucy Newman, also with CU, was second in the U20 and 23rd overall.

Lars Hannah was third among U18 skiers and 54th overall in the 15K men’s freestyle race. Noel Keeffe, meanwhile, was 10th in the U16 5K freestyle juniors race, and Anna Burkholder was eighth in the U16 5K freestyle women’s race.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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