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Steamboat's Aleck Gantick surges up a slope at Howelsen Hill on Friday during a cross-country ski race. Although the event was headlined by college athletes from across the country, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club hauled home plenty of top prizes. Emily Hannah was fourth in the women's field and Mary O'Connell was 10th.

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Steamboat cross-country skiers shine at Howelsen event

Cross-country races to continue Saturday in Steamboat

With long climbs and steep, tricky descents, the cross-country skiing course at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs proved to be all that some of the nation’s best skiers could handle Friday, with college athletes grasping for breath as they slowly chugged up demanding slopes.

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