Granby " Panther girls come up big in Aspen giant slalom |

Granby " Panther girls come up big in Aspen giant slalom

Few in numbers but great in talent and athletic ability, the women skiers on Middle Park High’s alpine team raced to the runner-up spot during their latest competition.

Skiing in the giant slalom at Aspen last Friday, Jan. 18, the Panther girls took second place with 159 points, behind Battle Mountain, which won the team competition with 168. Steamboat finished third in the 14-team competition with 155 points.

In the individual results, the girls’ giant GS was won by Jenny Allen of Steamboat Springs, who turned in a combined time after two runs of 1:25.9 against a field of 110 finishers.

Three of Middle Park skiers took top-10 finishes in Friday’s GS. The Panthers’ top skier was Sarah Williams, who skied to a sixth-place finish with 1:28.6. Taking eighth place was Kylie Kroneberger with 1:29.3. Rylee Burrows placed 10th in 1:30.8.

Adding to the Panther girls results at Aspen was the 69th place taken by Brenna Dee with 1:47.1, and the 76th place by Suzannah Mikol with 1:48.9.

In the boys’ giant slalom Friday in Aspen, Middle Park had one finisher. Matt Hydrusko skied to a 66th place in a time of 1:40.3. The race was won by Zach Fretz of Summit with 1:21.4.

“All the kids put forth a great effort,” said Panther coach Lisa Mirabito. “The girls are still going strong, and the boys are gaining confidence and showing a lot of improvement.”

On a sad note, Panther sophomore Nick Stenicka, who had taken second place in the Crested Butte slalom the previous weekend, broke his leg during Super G practice last week. He will be sidelined for the rest of the season but plans to return next ski season.

Middle Park High’s alpine ski team will compete in giant slalom races at Ski Cooper near Leadville on Friday.

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