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Podiums aplenty for Steamboat XC skiers

— Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes — those currently in the club and those who have been — dominated a Rocky Mountain Junior National Qualifying cross country skiing race last weekend at Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park.

How strong was the Steamboat-related contingent? The top eight finishers in Sunday's women's classic mass start 10-kilometer race either are or have been Steamboat skiers.

Haley Piske won that race, ahead of Cara Piske. Both now race for Dartmouth.

Current Winter Sports Club skier Kathleen O'Connell finished third and first among the U18 division. Gretchen Burkholder, now skiing for Montana State, was fourth, Madison Keeffe, skiing for Vermont, was fifth, Jordi Floyd was sixth, Anna Burkholder was seventh and Emily Hannah, for Dartmouth, was eighth.

It was that kind of weekend for Steamboat skiers.

Lars Hannah won, Simon Zink was third and Evan Barbier was fourth in Sunday's top men's race.

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Noel Keeffe was second, Wyatt Febhardt was third and Tyler Terranova was fourth in the U16 ranks Sunday. Maggie Morton was 15th in the girls U16 event. Cooper Jones was seventh in boys U14.

A setback in the girls U14 race actually shows how strong a trio of Steamboaters have skied there this season. Avery Harrington was first in that race. Wavery Gebhardt finished third and Reilly Mewborn was fourth.

It was the first time in four races the trio didn't sweep the podium.

They did accomplish that sweep Saturday in a freestyle cross country ski race, finishing in that order, Harrington, Gebhardt, Mewborn, 1-2-3.

There were other strong results in Saturday's freestyle race, too.

O'Connell was fourth overall in the top women's race and first among U18 skiers. Madison Keeffe was fifth overall and second among U20 skiers; Gretchen Burkholder was sixth and third in U20; Anna Burkholder was seventh overall and second in U18; Jordi Floyd was eighth overall and third in U18; and Emily Hannah was ninth overall and first in U23.

Bennet Gamber was sixth in the U14 boys race and Cooper Jones was seventh.

Wally Magill was fourth in U12. Grey Barbier was second in U10. A day later, Bariber was even faster, finishing first in the U10 classic race.

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