Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Lucy Newman top local finisher in cross-country sprints

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— The 2013 U.S. Cross-Country Ski Championships got under way in Soldier Hollow, Utah, on Wednesday, and athletes from Steamboat Springs were in the large field as Jennie Bender, of Johnson, Vt., and Torin Koos, of Wenatchee, Wash., claimed individual sprint titles.

Wednesday’s race called for the athletes to use the classic style of cross-country skiing.

Among the women, Lucy Newman, of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, finished 39th in the field of 151 for the sprint qualifier race, and teammate Madison Keefe was close behind in 41st.

Former Winter Sports Club athlete Mary O’Connell, skiing for Dartmouth College, placed 49th, ahead of Winter Sports Club athlete Gretchen Burkholder, who was skiing in her first senior national championship and placed 61st.

Haley Piske, another Winter Sports Club alum now skiing for Dartmouth, finished 78th. Cara Piske, of the Winter Sports Club, was 107th, and Emily Hannah, of Steamboat and Harvard University, was 119th.

Among the men’s field of 210 skiers, former Winter Sports Club skier Max Scrimgeour, racing for the post-grad program at Ski Club Vail, placed 78th followed by Evan Weinman of the Winter Sports Club in 79th.

Winter Sports Club alum Charlie Von Thaden, skiing for the University of Colorado, placed 98th, and Lars Hannah, of the Winter Sports Club, crossed the finish line in 147th place.

Racing at Soldier Hollow, site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, resumes Friday with the distance freestyle races, calling for the women to skate 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) and the men to cover 15 kilometers (9.3 miles).

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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