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Winter Park women excel in Surefoot Cup races at Beaver Creek

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News
Courtesy photoOn the victory stand for Saturday's downhill at Beaver Creek were, from left, Winter Park's Molly Leonard, third place; Ann West, first place ; and Jennifer Allen, second place. West and Allen are both from Steamboat Springs.
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The women’s ski racers of the Winter Park Competition Center consistently broke into the top 10 of the latest Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup races last week at Beaver Creek.

Winter Park’s Molly Leonard and Chelsea Nova were at the top of the results in almost all of the Super G and downhill races held from Tuesday, Jan. 22, to Sunday, Jan. 27. Leonard raced to a third place in one of the downhill events.

In the men’s Surefoot races, Winter Park’s skiers also earned good results in a highly competitive field of racers.

The Surefoot is Colorado’s elite alpine ski race series. This winter, it has so far attracted skiers representi

ng 10 nations, as well as athletes from some of the top NCAA schools in the country.

The next Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup races will be Feb. 21-24 at Telluride. Two giant slalom and two slalom races will be held for both men and women.

Women’s results

Racing in the women’s Super G on Tuesday, Winter Park’s Molly Leonard and Chelsea Nova earned fifth and sixth places respectively.

Leonard skied to her fifth-place finish with a racing time of 1:26.11. Nova was only a fraction of a second behind for sixth place in 1:26.34.

The winner of the women’s Super G was Ann West of Steamboat Springs in 1:23.93 against a field of 40 finishers.

Also racing for Winter Park’s team on Tuesday were: 14. Tracie Kroneberger, 1:28.08; 22. Erin Niss, 1:29.88; 23. Sarah Williams, 1:30.18; and 31. Rylee Burrows, 1:32.97.

In the second day of women’s Super G on Wednesday, two of Winter Park’s racers again earned top 10 results.

Molly Leonard raced to a sixth-place finish in a time of 1:23.57. Her teammate Chelsea Nova took 10th place in 1:24.29.

The women’s Super G was won by Erika Ghent of Summit County with a racing time of 1:21.78 against a field of 41 finishers.

The rest of the results for Winter Park’s female skiers Wednesday are: 18. Erin Niss, 1:26.21; 22. Sarah Williams, 1:27.26; 23. Tracie Kroneberger, 1:27.44; and 38. Rylee Burrows, 1:28.68.

Winter Park’s Molly Leonard improved her results even more on Saturday in the women’s downhill. Racing down the course, she took an overall third place with a time of 1:30.09 against a field of 39 finishers.

Saturday’s winner was Ann West of Steamboat Springs with a time of 1:28. Second place went to Jennifer Allen, also of Steamboat, with 1:29.24.

The rest of Winter Park results in Saturday’s downhill are: 20. Sarah Williams, 1:35.33; and 27. Erin Niss, 1:36.53.

The Surefoot competition was rounded out Sunday with another downhill. Winter Park’s Molly Leonard and Chelsea Nova were back in the top 10 with Leonard taking sixth in 1:29.88 and Nova seventh in 1:30.38.

Sunday’s downhill was won by Jennifer Allen of Steamboat Springs with 1:27.95, followed by her teammate Ann West in 1:27.98. Summit’s Erika Ghent placed third in 1:29.01 in the field of 38 finishers.

Winter Park’s results for Sunday also included: 18. Sarah Williams, 1:33.64; 22. Tracie Kroneberger, 12:34.11; 24. Erin Niss, 1:34.40; and 37. Rylee Burrows, 1:37.36.

Men’s results

In the first day of competition in the men’s Super G on Tuesday, Jason NcNeill raced to victory with a ski time of 1:20.79 against a field of 84 finishers.

Winter Park’s top finisher in the men’s Super G on Tuesday was Spencer Nelson who took 20th place in 1:24.40. The results for the rest of the Competition Center team’s skiers are: 24. Christopher Acosta, 1:24.53; 45. Sean Horner, 1:25.99; 69. Jake Charland, 1:29.85.

In the second day of the men’s Super G on Wednesday, Jason McNeil won handily with a time of 1:18.42, followed by Aspen’s Wiley Maple who was the runner-up in 1:19.31. Third place was taken by Marc Perathoner of Italy with 1:19.82.

The Winter Park team’s fastest racers in the field of 82 finishers in the Super G were Christopher Acosta and Spencer Nelson. Acosta finished in 33rd place in 1:22.53 while Nelson was right behind him for 34th place in 1:22.58.

The rest of the results for Winter Park’s men are: 54. Sean Horner, 1:23.71; 59. Nicholas Zeller, 1:25.53; and 69. Jake Charland, 1:26.72.

The Surefoot competition resumed Saturday with the men’s downhill. Jason McNeill won it also with a time of 1:25,97, followed again by Wiley Maple of Aspen in 1:25.99. Third place was taken by Chet Cook with 1:26.42.

Winter Park’s top men’s skier in Saturday’s downhill was Spencer Nelson who finished 26th in a field of 78 finishers with a time of 1:30.04. The rest of the team’s results are: 34. Christopher Acosta, 1:30.90; 36. Sean Horner, 1:30.95; 61. Jake Charland, 1:34.70; and 64. Nicholas Zeller, 1:34.97.

In the Surefoot’s final day of competition Sunday, Aspen’s Wiley Maple edged out Jason McNeill to win the men’s downhill. Maple’s winning time was 1:25.69 to NcNeill’s 1:25.83. Third went to John Kemp of Summit with 1:26.05.

Spencer Nelson of the Winter Park team raced to a 32nd place with 1:29.41 in the field of 83 finishers during Sunday’s downhill.

The results for the rest of Winter Park’s racers are: 35. Sean Horner, 1:29.56; 36. Christopher Acosta, 1:29.62; and 55. Jake Charland, 1:32.09.


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