Steamboat Springs skier Avery Harrington competes in Durango during the weekend. Harrington won both of her events and was named the Rocky Mountain Nordic Seasonal Award winner for the girls J4 division.

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Steamboat Springs skier Avery Harrington competes in Durango during the weekend. Harrington won both of her events and was named the Rocky Mountain Nordic Seasonal Award winner for the girls J4 division.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic team qualifies 16 for Junior Nationals

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— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-country team participated in its final Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Qualifying race during the weekend in Durango.

It was the last opportunity for J2 and older athletes to qualify for the March 11 to 16 USSA Junior Nationals in Fairbanks, Alaska.

In the skate sprint event, Avery Harrington won the girls J4 title. Evan Weinman was third in the boys J1/OJ division. Gretchen Burkholder was second in the J1/OJ women’s division, and Dori McNeill was fourth. Noel Keeffe was third in the J3 boys division. Reilly Mewborn was third in the girls J4 division, and Sophia Grewal was fourth. Kendall Harrington was won the girls J5 race, while Sidney Barbier was fourth. Tabor Scholl was fourth in the girls J2 race.

In Sunday’s mass-start classic race, Weinman won the men’s J1/OJ race. Harrington won the girls J4 category, and Mewborn was third. Katie Brodie was second in the girls J2 race, and Anna Burkholder was fourth. Gretchen Burkholder was second in the women’s OJ/J1 race. Tyler Terranova was third in the boys J3 race.

The Rocky Mountain Nordic Seasonal Award winners included Terranova in second in the J3 boys, Avery Harrington in first in the J4 girls and Mewborn third in the J4 girls.

Athletes that have qualified for the Junior Nationals are: Weinman, Lars Hannah and Tanner Heil in boys J1; Lucy Newman in girls OJ; Madison Keeffe, Gretchen Burkholder, Cara Piske, McNeill and Meg O’Connell in girls J1; Jordi Floyd, Brodie, Abbey Habermehl, Scholl, Anna Burkholder in girls J2; and Evan Barbier and Simon Zink in boys J2.

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

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