Panther Nordic teams ski well in Steamboat before state championships
The 5K classic Nordic race in Steamboat Springs on Saturday saw Middle Park’s girls take second place among a strong field of competitors while boys managed to finish in fifth.
The top Middle Park skier was Elizabeth Hammond, who finished in sixth place at 23 minutes, 18 seconds. Next for the Panthers were Gabrielle Pellini (12th, 24:54) and Maggie Barker (15th, 25:02), followed by Selena Stoncius (24th, 26:25), Ellen Osborne (37th, 27:56), Sierra Jamison (46th, 28:44) and Emily Deplata (54th, 30:01).
Eighty-eight girls representing 13 Colorado High School Ski League teams skied the race.
For the boys, Gray Barker was Middle Park’s top skier with an eighth place finish at 18:59. Guy Granger was next for the Panthers in 11th place at 19:32 with Ethan Callarman close behind in 12th at 19:38. Vinny Troccoli was 15th at 19:54.
Other skiers for the Panthers were Will Kuhns (54th, 22:27), Kyle Vogelbacher (57th, 22:32), Ewan Gallagher (58th, 22:33), Andy Troccoli (61st, 22:48), Chance Hein (62nd, 22:55) and Jack Nesvara (132nd, 33:12).
The Panthers are now preparing for the state championships Feb. 27-28 in Minturn. The Panthers are going into state ranked third behind Battle Mountain and Aspen.
EGMS boys 1st in classic race
The East Grand Middle School boys Nordic ski team took first place at the Steamboat Springs 3K classic race on Saturday. It was the second time the boys have won a meet this year.
This was a voluntary or optional meet for the boys. The top skier for East Grand was Dave Hammond (2nd, 11:53). He was followed by Dane Jensen (3rd, 11:54), Kadin Start (4th, 12:12), Logan Walker (7th, 12:56). Also, Russell Pellini skied well, coming in 11th with a time of 14:03.
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