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Local skiers heat up at Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup

— Assistant Alpine Skiing Di­­­rector Anje Worrell can't re­­member the last time Steam­boat Springs won the team title in the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup.

But that's all changed. The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club wrapped up the 2009-10 Surefoot Colorado Cup Series with a team title. The Winter Sports Club was leading the standings headed in the finals of the Surefoot Colorado Cup Championship events, which were held in Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Vail. Steam­boat skiers scored more combined points than any other team in Colorado and for the first time in recent memory collected the overall team title.

"I think it says a lot about the depth our programs," Worrell said. "It shows that all of our skiers were strong for the entire season."

The Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup is a series of 16 FIS points races that take place every winter. The top junior prospects from Colorado, the surrounding region and across the country take part in the events, which provide an opportunity for ski racers to move up to higher-level races including the NorAm and World Cup race series. Racers earn points for top finishes, which are then used to crown the best team in the series at the end of the year.

"We've been close, in the top three, the past couple of years," Worrell said. "But we always came up a little short."

The series came to a close this week with the final six men's and six women's FIS-level races of the season in the Rocky Mountain Division. The races are better known as the annual Spring Series. The season will come to a close April 17 and 18 with the Loveland Derby.

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"The spring races are a great opportunity," Steamboat racer Max Marno said. "The fields are strong with lots of U.S. Ski Team racers, and the weather is normally pretty good. It's a chance to ski fast and get the job done."

Worrell said it's also a chance for ski racers to improve their points for next season. There are several spring series races across the United States including the Rocky Mountain, Eastern and Western divisions. The Spring Series races in the East and Rocky Mountain divisions already have been held. That final Spring Series is this week at the Mission Ridge ski resort in Washington.

Steamboat's results in the Rocky Mountain Series were highlighted by strong performances from Anna Marno and Shane McLean, who placed first and second in Monday's women's super-G race in Breckenridge. Marno also raced to the silver in another women's super-G earlier that day.

Steamboat's Ryan McCon­nell highlighted the men's re­­sults, placing second Monday in the men's super-G race, also in Breckenridge.

Teammate Max Marno was third in that race, which U.S. Ski Team racer Will Gregorak won. Max Marno also had a fifth-place finish in a giant slalom race April 2.

"It was nice to have a couple of solid results at the end of the season," Max Marno said. "I can't really say which one was better, but they were both good."

Worrell said she was thrilled with the way the Steamboat racers are closed out the season and said there were a number of top finishes.

Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup Finals (Spring Series)

April 1 to 6

Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek

Men's giant slalom

(April 1, Breckenridge)

1. Petter Brenna, 1:55.98 (Norway)

10. Ryan McConnell, 1:59.63 (Steamboat Springs)

14. Sam Glaisher, 2:00.75 (Steamboat Springs)

Men's Giant Slalom

(April 2)

1. Petter Brenna, 1:56.27 (Norway)

5. Max Marno, 1:57.80 (Steamboat Springs)

Women's giant slalom

(April 1, Breckenridge)

1. Sarah Schleper, 2:04.47 (Vail)

8. Jennifer Allen, 2:07.19 (Steamboat Springs)

10. Anna Marno, 2:07.43 (Steamboat Springs)

Women's giant slalom

(April 2, Vail)

1. Katie Hartman, 1:1:55.59 (Breckenridge)

6. Jennifer Allen, 1:57.27 (Steamboat Springs)

13. Anna Marno, 1:58.40 (Steamboat Springs)

Women's slalom

(April 3, Beaver Creek)

1. Hailey Duke, 1:19.32 (Boise, Idaho)

10. Jennifer Allen, 1:21.21 (Steamboat Springs)

14. Anna Marno, 1:22.07 (Steamboat Springs)

16. Shane McLean, 1:23.14 (Steamboat Springs)

Women's super-G

(April 5, Breckenridge)

1. Megan McJames, 1:09.54 (Park City, Utah)

2. Anna Marno, 1:10.27 (Steamboat Springs)

8. Ciar Colgan, 1:11.92 (Steamboat Springs)

16. Natalie Pearl, 1:14.52 (Steamboat Springs)

17. Ali Pougiales, 1:14.52 (Steamboat Springs)

Women's super-G

(April 5, Breckenridge)

1. Anna Marno, 1:09.86 (Steamboat Springs)

2. Shane McLean, 1:10.10 (Steamboat Springs)

13. Ali Pougiales, 1:14.61 (Steamboat Springs)

Men's super-G

(April 5, Breckenridge)

1. Will Gregorak, 1:05.67 (Longmont)

2. Ryan McConnell, 1:06.58 (Steamboat Springs)

3. Max Marno, 1:06.69 (Steamboat Springs)

16. Scott Ptach, 1:09.11 (Steamboat Springs)

17. James Schindler, 1:09.19 (Steamboat Springs)

18. Sam Glaisher, 1:09.39 (Steamboat Springs)

Men's super-G

(April 6, Breckenridge)

1. Nick Daniels, 1:08.16 (Squaw Valley, Calif.)

2. Hig Roberts, 1:09.38 (Steamboat Springs)

6. James Schindler, 1:10.52 (Steamboat Springs)

11. Sam Glaisher, 1:11.97 (Steamboat Springs)

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