Cross country skiers come out strong at Steamboat |

Cross country skiers come out strong at Steamboat

The Middle Park Nordic Team traveled to Steamboat Springs for its first race of the season Jan. 13, an individual start classic 5K.

Thanks to a week of consistent snowfall the course took shape just in time for the start. Racers went off individually every 15 seconds in this time-trial style race. Coaches Mike Lohman and Dave Cleveland were thrilled with their team’s performance.

“Every one of our athletes raced a strong race today especially over the last 500 meters. So happy to see that their last two months of hard work is yielding positive results,” said Lohman.

With her ninth-place finish with a time of 21:14, senior and team captain Raelee Granger led the women to a fifth place team finish out of 12 teams. They were a mere three points out of a tie for second place.

Junior Elizabeth Barker was close behind in 11th with a time of 21:21.

Also scoring points for MPHS was junior Katelyn Cimino in 37th, followed by Emily Lantermans, Maggie Pfeiffer, Emily DePlata and Avery Mutch.

The men’s team also brought home a hard-fought 5th place finish out of 14 teams. Sophomore Vinny Troccoli smoked the course in a time of 18:16 for a 9th place finish followed by Kimo Sullivan in 20th with a time of 18:41. Also cracking the top 50 and qualifying for state were Ethan Callarman (28th), Isaiah Callarman (36th), Wil Cleveland (40th), and Eric Berry (47th). Wrapping up strong performances for MPHS were team captain Aaron Sanders, Will Kuhns, Jeremy Peterson, Jonathan Siefken and Evan Olsen.

The team continues to train at Snow Mountain Ranch and will next toe the line in Vail on Saturday for a mass start skate race. Don’t miss them on Jan. 27 for their home race, a skate race at Snow Mountain Ranch.

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