Winter sports briefs: Steamboat Nordic athletes impress

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— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country program competed in one of the largest junior competitions in Midway, Utah, during the weekend. Despite the enormous field of competitors, many Winter Sports Club athletes stood out from the crowd.

Avery Harrington was the top female J4 skier in the skate and classic races. Madison Keeffe won the J1/OJ skate sprint. Tyler Terranova was second in the J3 skate race and first in the classic race.

Evan Weinman narrowly beat former teammate Max Scrimgeour at the line in the men’s J1/OJ mass start 15-kilometer classic event.

Jordi Floyd ended up third in the J2 mass start classic race, while Lucy Newman was the top J1/OJ finisher in the mass start classic race, finishing eighth overall. Cara Piske was 10th.

Kendall Harrington won the girls J5 mass start classic race.

Jumpers impress in Park City

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's special jumping and Nordic combined athletes took part in a Junior National Qualifier in Park City, Utah.

Tinsley Wilkinson was second in the girls J5 on a K10 jump. Erik Belshaw was top the J5 boys competitor. Gunnar Gilbertson was third.

Waverly Gebhardt was tops among the J4 girls while Annika Belshaw was second. Bennett Gamber was the top J4 boy. Esther DelliQuadri was second in the J3 girls, and Olivia Requist was third.

In the K64 J1 boys division, Steamboat swept the podium with Ben Berend, Aleck Gantick and Tyler Smith taking the top spots.

In the J2 girls division, Margaret Lichtenfels was second. On the boys side, Koby Vargas was second and Davis Petersen was third.

On the K90 jump, Nita Englund was second in the senior class women. In the senior class men, Michael Ward was second and Adam Loomis was third. In the J1 boys division, Berend, Gantick and Smith all again landed on the podium.

In the Nordic combined portions, Wilkinson was second in the J5 girls, Erik Belshaw was second in the J5 boys and Gilbertson was third.

Gebhardt and Annika Belshaw were first and second in the J4 girls, respectively, while Gamber, Colton Sankey and Jack Colfer took the top three spots in the J4 boys.

DelliQuadri was second in the J3 girls, and Requist was third. Ryan Kelly won the J3 boys, and Brenden Andrews was second.

In the J2 girls, Kathleen O’Connell won with Melissa Requist taking second.

Vargas was second in the J2 boys, with Nicholas Madden in third.

Smith paced the J1 boys in first with Berend in second and Gantick in third.

Snowboarders finish high in Copper

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s snowboard cross team picked up a bunch of podium finishes Saturday and Sunday at a USASA event in Copper Mountain.

Winston Vaughan won the menehune boys (10-11) event both days. Cody Winters won the breaker boys (12-13) event both days, while Ryan Merrett was fifth both days.

Savanna Atkins won the youth women (14-15) competition both days. Billy Winters was third on the first day and second on the second day in the youth men event.

Duncan Campbell was second Saturday while Cole Schreiber won the men’s open class.

Nordic Dash registration open

A 100-meter Nordic Dash on Lincoln Avenue will open the 2013 street events of Saturday’s Winter Carnival.

The race is for all ages and begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. It will begin at Sixth Street and end at Eighth Street.

For more information about the free race or to sign up, call the Steamboat Nordic Touring Center at 970-879-8180.

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

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