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December 29, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Riding on their home hill, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders racked up big results Sunday during a United States of America Snowboard Association Alpine snowboarding event.
Winter Sports Club riders tallied 15 first-place finishes in the various divisions of the parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom races. Those were just part of the club's 30 podium finishes.
"It was a great race," club snowboard director Tori Koski said. "It was a great showing for the Winter Sports Club."
Nearly half the field was composed of Steamboat athletes, and for most of them, it was the first races of the season. Alpine snowboarding also isn't the sole focus for many of the athletes, who also will compete in half-pipe, snowboard cross and slope-style events this season.
They made the most of it, however.
Leading the way were a group of five riders who won both events in their divisions.
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Winston Vaughan accomplished that feat in the breaker boys group of 12- and 13-year-olds. Grace Drobek did it among the breaker girls, and Rebecca Dillion was tops in both races for the Menehune girls, 10- and 11-year-olds.
Then Cody Winters won both events among the youth men, comprising 14- and 15-year-olds, and Hillary Bond won both among the masters women’s group.
Other champions on the day included Marty Boyd and Jake Larsen in the Menehune boys, Everett McEwan in one of the men’s open class races and Billy Winters in the other. Gigi Boy won the Ruddie girls, for racers 7 and younger.
Jacy Werner won a second and a third place in the breaker boys races while Johnny Duty was second and fourth and Cooper Scheel third and fourth in that division.
Braden Duty was second and third in the Grommet boys while Walker Overstake was second in one event. Jake Larsen was second in a Menehune boys race.
McEwan backed up his first place finish with a second-place showing in the other men’s open class race. Billy Winters was fifth in addition to his first-place finish. Garrett Denney was second and third in that class, and Mike Smith was third and fourth.
Christian De Oliveira placed second twice in the youth men’s races while Ben Larsen was third in one and fourth in the other.