Granby " Panther alpine team psyched for state competition | SkyHiNews.com

Granby " Panther alpine team psyched for state competition

Katie Looby
klooby@skyhidailynews.com
Grand County, Colorado

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Middle Park High School Alpine Ski Team’s Khyla Burrows is preparing for the state competition at Ski Cooper today and Friday.

“I’m really excited because we have a really good team this year,” said the high school senior. “I hope I win and I really hope our team wins because that would be the first time in a really long time.”

Burrows, of Winter Park, has finished first in several races this year.

“Khyla is our strongest girl right now,” said coach Lisa Mirabito. “She’s aggressive, she’s competitive. She’s just a natural athlete. She just naturally understands what her skis are doing and how to get down the hill fast.”

People have asked her what she feeds the girls.

“All those girls are good,” she said. “I think a lot of the other teams know the girls.”

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Middle Park High senior Kristina Krone, 18, recently competed in the world alpine ski championships in Val d’Isere, France for Puerto Rico. She could represent the island commonwealth again at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Tuesday night she trained for the state competition.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “It will be a lot flatter hill than what I was skiing last week.”

Although she was born in Puerto Rico, she grew up in Denver and raced for Team Summit. She transferred from Cherry Creek High to Middle Park because it seemed like a “good option” and the school has a “great program,” she said.

“I’m way happy,” Krone said about her season. “This year I’ve definitely got a lot more finishes.”

Senior Hans Berggren also skis for Team Winter Park.

“I’ve skied pretty well this year,” he said. “I’m not as fast as I want to be right now.”

He’s getting himself ready for the competition.

“I’m just making sure my legs are spun out,” Berggren said. “I’m just going to try to have a good attitude going in.”

Sophomore Taylor Grauer, 15, is from Boulder and goes to school at Middle Park in the winters. This season she has focused on keeping her body positioned down the hill and not rotating.

Junior Sarah Williams, 17, of Granby has also enjoyed the season and is looking forward to state.

“It’s gone really well,” she said. “I’ve been training a lot and working out.”

Junior Nick Isaacs, 16, of Fraser, prepares for races by training, eating Wheaties and resting.

“The team’s doing pretty good,” he said. “We should win state ” I hope.”

Mirabito has coached the ski team for about eight years. Both the girls and boys teams have a lot of talent, but the girls team has more depth, she said. The girls team has eight skiers, and the boys team only has four. Also on the team are Hannah Davidson, Brenna Dee, Suzannah Mikol, and Jake Charland, Nick Stenicka.

Last year Mirabito only took two girls and a boy to state. Senior Brenna Dee will be the only returning participant at state this year.

State competition always features a lot of talented skiers, Mirabito said.

“Everyone’s going to have to ski well,” she said. “We’d be kidding ourselves to think it’s not going to be hard … I’m looking forward to it.”

So is Junior Rylee Burrows, 16, Khyla’s sister.

“I’m excited to go to state with all my friends,” she said. “We’ve been doing really well and we’ve come a long way.”

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or klooby@skyhidailynews.com.

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