Sports briefs for Dec. 19 | SteamboatToday.com

Sports briefs for Dec. 19

Dave Shively

Riders notch top World Cup finishes

Steamboat Springs — U.S. Snowboarding team rider and Steamboat Springs resident Justin Reiter finished ninth Sunday in a World Cup parallel slalom in Nendaz, Switzerland, as four U.S. men broke into the top 20. — U.S. Snowboarding team rider and Steamboat Springs resident Justin Reiter finished ninth Sunday in a World Cup parallel slalom in Nendaz, Switzerland, as four U.S. men broke into the top 20.

— U.S. Snowboarding team rider and Steamboat Springs resident Justin Reiter finished ninth Sunday in a World Cup parallel slalom in Nendaz, Switzerland, as four U.S. men broke into the top 20.

Matthieu Bozzetto of France won the men’s PSL, edging Slovenian Rok Flanders. Reiter was ninth with Olympic medalist Chris Klug of Aspen 14th, Adam Smith (Bend, Ore.) 15th and Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club rider Zach Kay (Mount Shasta, Calif.) 18th.

Steamboat’s Erica Mueller was 27th and former Winter Sports Club rider Michelle Gorgone (Sudbury, Mass.) finished 38th in the women’s PSL. Julia Dujmovits edged fellow Austrian Heidi Neururer for the victory.

Bad Gastein, Austria, will host another PSL and a snowboard-cross event Jan. 13 to 15.

Steamboat boys win opening Alpine race

Friday’s high school giant slalom race at Copper Mountain was a sign of good things to come for the Steamboat Springs boy’s Alpine ski team, as it won the first scholastic ski contest of a season that concludes with the state championships, Feb. 21 and 22, in Steamboat. Sam Glaisher led the Sailors with the second overall fastest time in a combined 1 minute, 9.6 seconds. Jace Wirth and Kris Allen also scored for Steamboat, coming in third and seventh, while Jeffery Gay and Ramsey Bernard posted solid finishes in 10th and 12th, respectively.

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Steamboat won the race with 171 points, ahead of Summit in second (164 points) and Evergreen in third (153) of 13 teams.

Jenny Allen represented Steamboat’s girls well, winning in a combined 1:10.4. Jamie Gay and Sarah Dixson scored for Steamboat, finishing in 16th and 19th, respectively and Corinne Landy and Casidy Daley finished closely behind in 20th and 21st.

The girl’s team finished in fourth, 1/2 point ahead of Aspen, but behind Battle Mountain (1st), Summit (2nd) and Middle Park (3rd) of 14 teams.

Sailors Nordic team also starts strong

The girls Nordic ski team had a successful first competition of the season, Saturday in Vail, finishing in second place, head coach Chrissy Lynch said.

The girls team had six skiers finish in the top 40, led by Mary Rose and Melissa Krause finishing in 2nd and 4th, respectively, with strong performances from Liza Stout (16th), Lexie Ruppel (21st), Emma Lichtenfels (24th) and Katherine Lynch (33rd).

Lynch was unsure about the boy’s team’s finish because official results were not complete, but highlighted the top skiing results of Kyle Steitz (5th), Peter Daley (17th), Wiley Thayer (31st) and Jasper Gantick (32nd).

“It’s awesome because Summit looked like they were in first, and we were close behind them to actually winning,” Chrissy Lynch said. “All the kids did so well, especially with so many first-year kids out. We’ve got a good group here, and you’ll see they’ll just get faster throughout the year.”

Kremmling Big Shooter Skate race reminders

The Big Shooter Skate 10K and 20K Nordic races will take place with an 11 a.m. start time Saturday at Latigo Ranch in Kremmling.

Registration will take place on race day for the Rocky Mountain Nordic citizen race and will cost $1 per kilometer raced, with free post-race chili and cookies.

For directions and information, call Latigo Ranch at 724-9008