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Granby " Middle Park alpine team turns on the afterburners

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News
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The girls alpine skiers of Middle Park High have certainly gotten the new year off to an exciting start by rocketing into first place during slalom races at Beaver Creek last Friday, Jan. 11.

The Panther girls had to share the first-place honors with Steamboat Springs after both teams earned identical scores of 167 points. Battle Mountain finished a distant third with 157 points while Summit took fourth with 149 in the 13-team competition.

In the individual results, Middle Park’s Sarah Williams turned in an incredible performance, skiing to second place with a combined time after two runs of 1:28.5.

Williams finished only one-tenth of a second behind the winner, Battle Mountain’s Kelly VanHee, and one-tenth of a second ahead of Steamboat’s Chrissy Ford, who placed third. A total of 83 skiers finished the girls slalom Friday.

Adding to the Panthers’ success was Kylie Kroneberger, who took a strong fourth place. She skied the slalom course in a combined time after two runs of 1:30.9.

Just short of making the slalom’s top 10 by three-tenths of a second was Middle Park’s Brenna Dee. Her 11th-place finish was earned with a time of 1:40.2.

Placing 16th in the girls slalom was Panther racer Rylee Burrows, who posted a ski time of 1:42.1.

Rounding out the Panther girls’ results was the 62nd place taken by Suzannah Mikol who turned in a time of 2:08.6.

Stenicka is runner-up

Middle Park’s alpine ski team also scored a major success in the boys slalom at Beaver Creek. Nick Stenicka raced to a second-place finish with a combined time after two runs of 1:25.2. He finished more than a second ahead of Aspen’s Giovanni Negroni, who finished third.

Friday’s boys slalom was won by Zach Fretz of Summit who, skied a spectacular race, posting a time of 1:22.4 against a field of 84 finishers.

Earning a qualifying slalom time for the state meet was the Panthers’ Matt Hydrusko. He skied a combined time of 1:47.8 to place 37th.

Because Middle Park had only two racers in the boys slalom, they finished 11th in the 13-time competition Friday.

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