Middle Park hosts first Nordic races | SkyHiNews.com

Middle Park hosts first Nordic races

Diana Lynn Rau
Special to the Sky-Hi News

Middle Park High School and East Grand Middle School hosted the early season School Qualifier skate races Saturday, Dec. 13, at the YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch near with six schools participating.

The weather was sunny and warm, the snow was fast, the smiles were abundant and everyone from race organization to participants did a fantastic job. Great job to all the coaches and volunteers to make this a fun day. Thanks to all the parents and family members who helped or came to cheer the kids on.

Eight qualify for State Championship race

In the High School Girls 5K race, Sierra Smith qualified for the State championship race in the first race of the season. Sierra finished in 27th place skating the course in 19 minutes, 28 seconds and was followed by Rowen Gallagher, Darby Howard, Emily Jensen, Sarah McClain, Mackenzie Deplata, Raelee Granger, and Allysa Petersen.

Strong performances by seven Middle Park boys in the High School Boys 5K race qualified them for the State championship race. Logan Miyauchi led the Panthers finishing 6th overall skating the course in 14:40 followed closely by a pack of Elliot Shaw (11th), Theo Loo (13th), and Daniel Kopp (14th) then Ian Carver, Mark Simmons, and Kyle Ciccarelli. Congratulations to all these qualifiers. This pack was followed by Liam Fuqua, Alex Law, Andre Law, Kipp Dearduff, Jack Kacik, Jensen Hill, Chris Ciccarelli and Ryan Lane.

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