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Granby " Shorthanded Middle Park alpine team struggles at Leadville

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

With most of its big guns competing elsewhere last weekend, Middle Park High’s Alpine Ski Team slipped dramatically in the results for the latest high school races.

Competing in the giant slalom at Ski Cooper near Leadville last Friday, Jan. 25, the Panther girls finished 10th in the 14-team competition. Middle Park’s boys were 13th out of 13 teams in their competition.

This was a huge drop, especially for the Panther girls, who had tied for first place in their last two competitions and finished second in a third this season.

The reason for the big change in the results is that most of Middle Park’s top skiers were competing last week at the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup’s Super G and downhill races at Beaver Creek. Many of the Panthers are also members of the Winter Park Competition Center’s team. (See “Local women excel in Surefoot races” in the Tuesday, Jan. 29, edition of the Sky-Hi Daily News.)

Despite showing up at the Ski Cooper with only a small portion of its already short roster, Middle Park still earned some good individual results.

The top of the list was the 10th place in the girls GS earned by the Panthers’ Kylie Kroneberger, who posted a combined time after two runs of 1:45.6. The race was won by Marisa Ammaturo of Battle Mountain in 1:41.3.

Earning a state qualifying time in the GS was Middle Park’s only other female skier Brenna Dee, who skied 1:54.1. She placed 36th out of a field of 104 female skiers.

In the boys’ GS at Ski Cooper, the Panthers had only one skier competing. Matt Hydrusko took 69th place after two runs with a combined time of 1:57.1.

The winner of Friday’s GS for boy was Summit’s Drew Beling, who had a racing time of 1:37.2.

On Friday, Middle Park’s Alpine Ski Team will host its home ski meet at Winter Park. The high school teams will be competing in slalom races starting at 9 a.m.

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