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E. Grand Middle school skinny skiers hit their stride

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

The Nordic skiers of East Grand Middle School earned some good results in their first races of the season.

The Cubs’ cross-country skiers raced in a 3-kilometer classic technique races held at the Vail Golf Course on Saturday, Dec. 15. Nine teams competed in the season-opener.

East Grand’s best results came in the girls 3K. Elizabeth Desmarais skied to a fourth-place finish in a time of 14:26.6. Her teammate Linnea Zink was not far behind to take fifth place in 15:36.0.

The winner of the girls race was Rachel Hampton of Durango who skied the 3K in a time of 12:48.2.

The results for the rest of East Grand Middle School’s girls in the Vail 3K classic are: 19. Laurel Snow, 18:18.8; 20. Erin O’Conner, 18:19.9; 29. Sydney Myrkle, 21:20.1; 31. Lexie Sutcliffe, 22:17.8; 36. Sarah Cheek, 23:12.0; 37. Chole Snow, 23:34.5; 38. Kelley Antony, 23:46.7; 42. Linder Cheek, 28:16.2.

In the boys 3K at Vail, the Cubs had three racers. Parker Seeman earned an 11th place with a ski time of 15:12.6 while his teammates Colby Zink finished 13th in 15:17.8 and Jonathan Koop in 15:41.0 for 16th place.

The winner of the Vail 3K for middle school boys was Davin Wilkinson of Aspen Valley with a time of 8:23.3.

“We’re really pleased to see how hard racers skied,” said Paul Naschak who coaches the East Grand Middle School team with Connie Fenton, Jon Kuhns, Dave Zink and Jen Beltman. “All of them came out and skied enthusiastically despite some very cold conditions at Vail. It was really fun.”

The future of the Nordic skiing program at East Grand Middle School in Granby is getting brighter all the time. This year’s team has 33 participants, which is its largest-ever number.

“Before the past two winters, we’d averaged about 10 skiers on the team,” Fenton said. “We’ve just about got everyone completely outfitted.”

Fenton and Naschak explained the team is dependent upon the generous donations of ski equipment and other items for their skiers. Some of these donations have been provided by the Henderson Mine, Independent Sports Club, Horace Button League, Pole Creek Machine Shop, Grand Nordic as well as several others.

“We’re still looking for more donations to help our team. Just contact us,” Fenton said.