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Skiers off to strong start at cross-country nationals

Lars Hannah was 37th in the men’s 15K race and first in his U18 class during the U.S. Cross-Country National Championships this weekend.





Lars Hannah was 37th in the men's 15K race and first in his U18 class during the U.S. Cross-Country National Championships this weekend.

It was a strong start to the U.S. Cross-Country National Championships this weekend for Steamboat Springs skiers.

Mary Rose led the way in a Saturday 10-kilometer classic race, finishing eighth overall and second in her class. Emily Hannah, skiing for Dartmouth, was 37th overall and sixth in her class while Gretchen Burkholder was 38th overall and fifth among U18 skiers.

Cara Piske was 76th overall and 12th in her class; Mary O'Connell was 87th and 16th; Jordi Floyd was 90th and third; Madison Keeffe, skiing for University of Vermont, was 96th and 18th; Kathleen O'Connell was 99th and fourth; Abbey Habermehl was 121st and 23rd; and Katie Brodie was 129th and 26th.

Lars Hannah was 37th in the men's 15K race and first in his U18 class while Evan Weinman was 63rd overall and ninth in his class.

On Sunday during bracketed classic-style sprint races, Lars Hannah finished fifth in his quarterfinal heat. Max Scrimgeour, skiing for University of Colorado, was fourth in a different heat and Weinman was fifth.

Emily Hannah was fourth in her heat. Keeffe finishing sixth overall in the women's juniors classic sprint, after winning her first heat and finishing second in the semifinals. Piske was third in her quarterfinal heat of that race.

The championships continue through the week.

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