Sailors Nordic ski team opens season with impressive finishes

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— More than the top-10 individual and top-five team finishes, Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiing coach Emily Lovett is excited her team seems to be already showing some mid-season camaraderie.

In the boys and girls Nordic skiers' first taste of competition on the season, the Sailors didn’t disappoint at Breckenridge’s Gold Run.

In Friday’s 5K classic race, the girls team took third overall, paced by a fourth-place finish from senior Meg O’Connell and seventh-place finish from Natalie Bohlmann. On the boys side, Steamboat grabbed fourth as a team behind Peter White’s sixth-place finish.

Bohlmann, O’Connell, White, Eliza Leeson, Tristan Fischer, Tanner Visnick and Andreas Foulk all qualified during the weekend for the classic race state meet.

“I think we had a super start to our season,” Lovett said Saturday. “It was a very positive couple days. Our two goals were to give it our very best and have a good time as a team.”

Friday’s classic race was followed up by Saturday’s 5K skate at Breckenridge. The girls took second place, edging out third-place Aspen by one point, something the Sailors haven’t done in many years, Lovett said.

Bohlmann (third place), Lark Skov (eighth place) and O’Connell (ninth place) scored points for the Sailors. Lovett said the boys team was down a skier on Saturday and slipped a bit to seventh overall. Foulk was the boys’ top skier in 20th place out of 95 skiers.

Bohlmann, O’Connell, Skov, Leeson, Mariah Hoots, Foulk, White and Fischer punched tickets for the state skate meet.

“We had a number of top-10 finishes and with a field of close to 100. That’s a good finish,” Lovett said. “I was really proud of the team. They came to give it their 100-percent effort.”

Next weekend, Steamboat is at the Aspen Duathlon, a one-race combination of a 3K classic and a 3K skate.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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