Middle Park ski team hits rough sledding during state championships at Steamboat Springs
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Middle Park High’s skiers ended up a ways down in the results for the first day of competition during the 2008 Colorado High School Skiing Championships last week in Steamboat Springs.
The state meet was held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22. Skiers in both alpine and Nordic disciplines competed.
In the cross-country competition at Steamboat’s Howelson Hill on Thursday, Vail and Summit athletes took the top spots in both the girls and boys 5-kilometer skating race.
Summit’s Briana Perkins raced to victory in the girls 5K with a time of 15:15. Second place was taken by Karlie Moore of Vail Mountain in 15:22. Third place went to Jess Linder of Vail Christian with 15:46.
Middle Park’s results for the girls 5K skate are: 19. Makenna Morck, 18:11; 22. Ryndi Zastrow, 18:21; 31. Mackenzie Wilderman, 18:57; and 34. Samantha Miyauchi, 19:18.
In the boys 5K skate Thursday, Vail Mountain’s Tony Ryerson skied to the first-place win with a time of 13:19. The runner-up spot was taken by his teammate Chris Woods with 13:40. Third place went to Tyler Reinking of Summit with 13:42.
Middle Park’s results in the boys 5K skate were: 14. Eric Shurson, 15:06; 17. Hugh McDonough, 15:14; 24. Matthew Naschak, 15:43; 28. Ben Shipman, 16:12; and 37. Matt Curran, 16:57.
In the alpine ski competition, also held Thursday at Howelson Hill, Battle Mountain and Summit skiers topped the individual results in the girls slalom. Jenny Banner and Kelly VanHee, both of Battle Mountain, finished first and second with combined times after two runs of 1:24.1 and 1:26.6 respectively. Third place was earned by Summit’s Erin Breslin with 1:28.6.
Middle Park’s Kylie Kroneberger placed 37th in the girls slalom with a time of 1:53.0. The Panthers’ other skier, Brenna Dee, fell on the course and did not finish.
In the boys slalom Thursday, Summit’s Zach Fretz won with a combined time after two runs of 1:17.7. He was followed by Jason Gawf of Nederland who finished second with 1:19.3. Third place went to Kris Allen of Steamboat Springs with 1:20.0.
Middle Park had one skier in the boys slalom. Matt Hydrusko finished 41st with a time of 1:40.2.
The results for Friday’s competition at the 2008 Colorado High School Skiing Championships were not available by press time. They will appear in a future edition of the Sky-Hi Daily News.
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The Mustangs cross country team trudged through a muddy 5K Saturday morning during the West Grand Invitational, a race that slowed times but sent the fun factor through the roof for many of its competitors.