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Steamboat skiers have strong ending to season at Loveland

The competitive ski racing season ended Sunday at the Loveland Derby but not before a few creative customs grabbed some laughs and a few Steamboat skiers collected some top finishes.

“It’s just a fun way to end the season,” said Chris Puckett, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine director. “The older skiers don’t take it too seriously, but it’s important for those J-3 skiers who want to get their points low enough to qualify for FIS races next year.”

The younger skiers came out of the gates charging.

“These races can be a big deal for some of the racers,” Puckett said. “It turned out to be a pretty good weekend for racers like Max Marno and Ryan McConnell.”

The Winter Sports Club took about 60 athletes to the races, which were held Saturday and Sunday at Loveland Ski Area.

On Sunday, Loveland’s Ben Brown won the first of two men’s slaloms for the older racers. University of Colorado and former Steamboat Springs racer Josh Bryan placed third. Steamboat’s Nicholaus Kullas was fourth, and Drew Roberts placed seventh despite an outrageous outfit that was anything but aerodynamic.

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Former Winter Sports Club racer David Lamb was 10th, Cory McConnell came in 11th, and Gary Beresford was 13th.

But not all of Steamboat’s top finishes were on the first page of the results.

Max Marno started the race in the 50th spot but made a huge jump to place 16th in the final results. Ryan McConnell also leaped from 40th to 17th, and Dylan Roberts moved from 28th to 15th in the final results. Wiley Thayer (29th), Ben Paley (40th) and Andrew White also had strong showings after starting in the back of the pack.

Martin Kroisleitner won the second men’s slalom of the day just edging Brown to the finish line.

Bryan led a pack of Steamboat racers into the top of the results. He was third, followed by Lamb in fourth, Drew Roberts in fifth and Kullas in sixth. Taylor Coe moved from 27th to 16th. Hig Roberts moved from 44th to 25th. James Schindler moved from 86th to 29th, and Ryan Coe was 31st.

Lisa Perricone, who grew up in Steamboat and skis with the University of Colorado, won the women’s race. Her former teammate Jenny Allen was fifth. Mary Rachel Hostetter was eighth, and Ann West was 12th.

Several skiers made huge jumps in the field, including Jorid Halsnes, who moved from 77th to 39th. Priska Sorensen moved from 43rd to 29th, and Ann Marno moved from 41st to 31st. Emily Sackett went from 47th to 35th.

The Loveland Derby also included several age-class races.

Top Steamboat finishers in the girls race included Carolyn Walters at second in the J-6 class, which is for 7- and 8-year-old racers. In the J-5 class, for racers ages 9 to 10, Danielle Brownell-Patty led Steamboat with a fourth-place finish. Katherine Arnis was sixth, and Olivia Rudolph was 12th.

Sarah White was the top Steamboat finisher in the girls J-4 class, for racers ages 11 to 12, in sixth place. Katie Hostetler placed seventh, Ali Pougiales was 11th, and Cassady Daley was 16th.

On the boys side, Matthew White led the J-6 class with a second-place finish. Teammate Tristan Arnis was sixth. Alex Barounos’ fourth was the top Steamboat finish in the J-5 class. Peter White was fifth and Rich Walters was eighth.

Jeffery Gay led the Steamboat racers in the J-4 class with a seventh. Connor Bernard was 17th, Murphy Roberts was 18th, Alec Schaffer was 36th, and Pelle Seiler placed 41st.

–To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com