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Steamboat girls go ‘All Out’ on opening day of state ski championships

Steamboat's Amy Speer makes her way through the snow Thursday during the giant slalom event at the Colorado State High School Skiing Championships in Steamboat Springs.

— It's been a couple of weeks since Steamboat Springs ski racer Amy Speer has been on a giant slalom course, but it was hard to tell as she raced down the All Out race course Thursday afternoon in Steamboat Springs.

Women’s giant slalom results, day two:

1) Mariel Gorsuch, Aspen — 1:42.72

2) Margo McHugh, Aspen — 1:43.24

3) Haley Frischholz, Battle Mountain — 1:45.51

4) Whitney Merriman, Vail Mountain — 1:45.67

5) Devan McSwain, Aspen, 1:47.37

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6) Pascale Agspurger, Aspen, 1:49.19

7) Brianna Bond, Evergreen, 1:50.26

8) Abby Wollen, Middle Park, 1:50.43

9) Gabrielle Wheeler, Battle Mountain, 1:50.81

10) Analise Gates, Durango, 1:51.21

14) Amy Speer, Steamboat, 1:52.80

"It was good. I have not skied GS (giant slalom) in like two-and-half weeks, so it was a little interesting," Speer said. "I actually just got back from hele-skiing in Canada."

Speer's 14th-place finish turned out to be a bright spot in what might have been a frustrating day for the Steamboat Springs High School girls Alpine ski team. Three of the team's four skiers failed to finish the ski race.

Freshman skier Ella Pietras finished the first run in sixth place, but a bobble on the top section of her second run kept here out of the final results. She was not alone, as teammates AnnMarie Hackworthy crashed on her first run, and Alessandra Peliari, who was battling an injury, decided to pull out after her first run.

Despite the setbacks, Sailors head coach Mike Farny was still happy with the effort and performance of his skiers.

The girls giant slalom race was dominated by Aspen, the defending state champions, Aspen.

Mariel Gorsuch set the pace in the opening event with a combined time of 1 minute, 42.72 seconds. Her teammate Margo McHugh had led the first run but fell to second with a combined time of 1:43.24. Battle Mountain's Haley Frischholz was third at 1:45.51.

"It was a great race,” Farny said. "Our Steamboat kids did not ski as well as we would have hoped, but the whole field skied very well today. The snow was super hard, which the athletes like, and overall, I think it was a very successful day."

The Steamboat Alpine team will be back between the gates Friday as the state championships move to the slalom course for the second and final day of competition.

On Friday, both the Alpine and Nordic events will be held at Howelsen Hill. The day will begin with Alpine skiing on Howelsen and wrap up with the classic race on the Nordic side.

The girls first run is slated for 9 a.m. at Howelsen Hill, and the second run will follow at noon.

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Women’s giant slalom results, day two:

1) Mariel Gorsuch, Aspen — 1:42.72

2) Margo McHugh, Aspen — 1:43.24

3) Haley Frischholz, Battle Mountain — 1:45.51

4) Whitney Merriman, Vail Mountain — 1:45.67

5) Devan McSwain, Aspen, 1:47.37

6) Pascale Agspurger, Aspen, 1:49.19

7) Brianna Bond, Evergreen, 1:50.26

8) Abby Wollen, Middle Park, 1:50.43

9) Gabrielle Wheeler, Battle Mountain, 1:50.81

10) Analise Gates, Durango, 1:51.21

14) Amy Speer, Steamboat, 1:52.80