Steamboat Springs After recent performances in their respective divisional championships over the past few weeks, some Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club junior Alpine racers set themselves up for some very big end-of-the-season competitions.
Recent Winter Sports Club junior Alpine race results
U14 RMD/CEN championships
Sequoia Anstine: 16th in Kombi, 19th & 17th in SL
Molly Mueller: 18th in SG, 21st in GS
Riley Smith: 15th in SG, 20th in GS
Alex Blair: 29th in SG, 26th in GS
Lacie Greenwald: 38th in SG, 49th in GS
Cooper Puckett: 10th & ninth in GS, fourth in SL
Nico Richeda: 10th in SG, seventh & fifth in GS, fifth in Kombi
Marat Washburn: 18th in SG, 17th & 19th in GS
Kyler Armstrong: 21st & 27th in GS
Cole Gedeon: 26th in Kombi, 29th in SL
Colton Sankey: 15th in Kombi, 22nd in SL
Bode Flanigan: 27th in Kombi, 26th in SL
Kyle Kagan: 28th in SG, 34th in GS
Jack Rotermund: 87th in SG
U12 Alpine championships at Powderhorn
Ryli Adrian: fourth
Emilia Cooper: ninth & 14th
Sydney O’hare 10th & 20th
Annika Ort 13th & 29th
Ellie Blair 21st
Caroline Gilchrist: 26th & 46th
Annie Hager: 29th & 46th
Sophia Gowdy: 37th & 48th
Bryn Eliason: 38th & 54th
Jordan Simon: first
Alden Wade: 23rd
Colin Kagen: 26th & 31st
Luke Olson: 37th & 50th
Brooks Overstake: 40th
Luke St. John: 60th
Sydney O’hare: fourth & 12th
Ryli Adrian: sixth & eighth
Ellie Blair: 20th & 25th
Annika Ort: 26th & 40th
Emilia Cooper: 28th
Caroline Gilchrist: 28th & 43rd
Bryan Eliason: 37th & 51st
Emily Watson: 41st
Annie Hager: 44th
Sophia Gowdy: 52nd & 84th
Jordan Simon: second
Alden Wade: seventh & 10th
Max Rotermund: 28th
Luke Olson: 33rd & 54th
Colin Kagen: 42nd
Luke St. John: 56th & 75th
Brooks Overstake: 57th
Winter Sports Club U16 boys Alpiner Cole Puckett had a solid final day of the Rocky Mountain/Central Division championships in Steamboat two weeks ago, and now he's eyeing a follow-up performance next weekend at Nationals. Puckett will use the upcoming week for final preparations before competing at historic Sugarloaf, Maine, for the first time in his life.
His club teammate Mary Kate Hackworthy, another U16er, landed her spot on the start list for the CanAm Championships in Apex, British Columbia. Hackworthy had a top-20 finish in Apex, Winter Sports Club Alpine Director Caroline Lalive said, and her U14 boys teammate, Nicolas Richeda, will be at Mt. Tremblant in Quebec this coming week for his CanAm races.
This past week was a big one for Richeda and the boys and girls U14 Winter Sports Club squad. Winter Park played host to the U14 Rocky Mountain/Central Divisional Alpine championships, with racers competing in super-G, giant slalom, kinder kombi and slalom.
Both Cooper Puckett and Richeda took home top-10 finishes in the perfect race conditions. Puckett was 10th and ninth in the GS and fourth in slalom. Richeda followed it up with a 10th in super-G, seventh and fifth in GS as well as fifth in kinder kombi. Cooper Puckett's races techincally qualified him to compete at CanAms with Richeda in a few days, but he can't compete because of his age, club coach Erik Gilbert said.
On the club's girls side, Riley Smith took 15th in super-G and 20th in GS. Sequoia Anstine had a solid finish to the week after placing 16th in kombi and 17th and 19th in slalom.
Last weekend was also the final time for Winter Sports Club U12 Alpiners to show out at Powderhorn in Mesa.
Jordan Simon grabbed gold in the boys GS and silver in the boys slalom, the club's top placing times. Alden Wade made his presence felt in the boys slalom behind Simon with a seventh- and 10th-place showing.
Ryli Adrian and Emilia Cooper held their own in the girls GS as Adrian snagged fourth and Cooper took ninth and 14th. Sydney O'hare was also 10th and 20th in GS and fourth and 12th in the slalom. Adrian wasn't far behind with a sixth and eighth in slalom.
As a unit, Steamboat U12 racers finished third overall for the Team Cup for their multiple top-10 marks.
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