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Sailors race to top places at Colorado State High School Ski Championships

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Members of the boys Nordic ski team led the charge for the Steamboat Springs High School Ski Team on Thursday as the Colorado State High School Skiing Championships got underway at Ski Cooper and the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center near Leadville.

The Steamboat Springs girls Alpine team raced into the top half of results behind the finish of senior Olivia Flake — who was the team's top finisher, placing 10th with a combined time of 2 minutes, 18.16 seconds. Fellow Senior Ashley Spiegel finished 17th at 2:19.42 and Amy Speer and sophomore Annmarie Hackworthy tied for 39th  with identical times of 2:25.34. Other Steamboat skiers at the meet included sophomore Ella Pietras, who was 51st (2:27.36), and freshman Sophia Gowdy, who was 54th (2:29.17).

Alex Cregan, of Platte Canyon, won the race, holding off a pair of Aspen Skiers to race to the individual state title in the girls giant slalom race. Her teammate Luke Bailey also won a title in boys giant slalom race, marking the first time Platte Canyon has ever won individual state skiing titles in the 53-year history of the high school skiing program.

Freshman Kia Scott led the Sailors in the boys giant slalom race, finishing in 2:17.56 for tenth place. His freshman teammate Alden Wade placed 21st (2:19.46) and sophomore Sam Clyncke placed 23rd. Clyncke goes to school in South Routt but travels to Steamboat Springs during the winter to be a part of the high school skiing program because skiing is not offered at Soroco.

The boys finished sixth in the giant slalom standings and climbed to fourth overall behind the top team after two events Aspen, and second place Battle Mountain after Thursday’s Nordic events. Bailey won the giant slalom and was followed by Vail Mountain School's Michael Resnick in second and Evergreen's Hayden Holtrop in third. The boys and girls teams were scheduled to be back on the slopes at Ski Cooper for the men's and women's slalom races Friday.

Freshman shines in classic race

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Steamboat was also well represented at the Nordic side in the 5-kilometer classic race Thursday.

Freshman Wyatt Mortenson led the Steamboat boys team by completing the course in 18 minutes, 11 seconds to finish fifth.

Sophomores Gabe Rabenal was 25th (19:50), and Chase Weynand was 26th (19:53) helping the Sailors race to a sixth-place finish in the team results. Aspen won the classic race, followed by Summit in second.

Steamboat seniors Jameson Tracy was 27th (19:54), senior Tanner Richard was 33rd (20:21), sophomore Mitch Meissner was 43rd (20:56), senior Matai Curzon was 45th (21:02) and sophomore Quinn Wellman was 47th (21:08).

Junior Winter Boese, skiing in her first state skiing championships, finished the 5-kilometer classic course in a time of 22:10 to place 14th. Steamboat’s Maggi Congdon, a sophomore, was 27th (23:51) and Claire Bohmer, a freshman, was 47th (26:73).

Steamboat was skiing without two of the team’s top skiers, and the Sailors placed eighth in the team standings. Aspen and Vail Mountain tied for first place in the race at 163 points with Battle Mountain just behind in third with 157 points.

The Colorado Sate High School Skiing Championships were scheduled to wrap up events late Friday afternoon. Results were not available at press time.

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