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Deep snow hampers Middle Park alpine team on home snow at Winter Park

Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

Friday’s slalom at Winter Park Resort was a challenge for Middle Park High School’s alpine ski team, which raced in almost a foot of fresh snow against such teams as Summit, Steamboat Springs and Evergreen.

“It was really hard. We had tough racing conditions because there was so much snow,” said coach Lisa Mirabito.

The team, which only had four racers that day, placed 11th out of 13 teams, with a total score of 81 points. Battle Mountain High School placed first, with 171 points.

Two racers from Middle Park High scored points ” Brenna Dee took 14th place after two runs with a combined time of 1.49.03, and Suzannah Mikol took 50th place after two runs with a combined time of 2.07.92. Kylie Kroneberger and Matt Hydrusko did not finish their races.

“They tried. They’ve been consistent most of the year, so everybody’s allowed a bad day here and there,” Mirabito said.

Mirabito is pleased with Mikol’s performance, she said.

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“She has improved tons,” Mirabito said. “I’m super stoked that Suzannah has shown that much improvement.”

Brenna Dee “had an outstanding first run,” Mirabito added. “Which for her is awesome. She’s had tons of improvement in slalom.”

All members of the alpine ski team are prequalified for state, and their last race before state competition in Steamboat will be Feb. 8 at Loveland.

Having a race on home territory Friday was a real treat, Mirabito admitted. It was the first race at Winter Park Resort in a couple of years, and “it was so good to be home, and to be familiar with the course and the hill.”

The team’s overall placement on Friday was disappointing, but Mirabito remains positive.

“All in all, it went well. I was just stoked we got through the race with that much snow and everybody got down safely,” she said.

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