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Waldron and Otte pace AVSC in final race

Aspen Times Staff Report

For the third consecutive year, Nathan Waldron is back on the Rocky Mountain Division Junior Olympic nordic team.

Waldron, a junior at Aspen High School, qualified for the JOs after a brilliant season with the Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club nordic team.

With Waldron, teammate Michael Otte was also named to the 21-skier team that is in Anchorage, Alaska competing in the Junior Olympic Championships.

Waldron is competing in J1 (ages 16-17) division and Otte is competing in the J2 (11-12) events.

Both racers will see their first action today, which will be a 15-kilometer classic race. The two will then compete in a 10K skate race Saturday and a 3-by-5K relay Sunday.

The two nordic skiers were selected to the Junior Olympic team based on their two best skate and classic races over the course of the season. Season-ending race AVSC recently traveled to Durango for its season-ending race, the final qualifier for the JOs.

The team battled warm temperatures and deteriorating snow conditions to post some impressive results.

In the J5 (9-10) 2K classic girls race, Laura Hatanaka took home the gold in her first classic race start. Morgan Boyles finished fifth for the boys race.

One of AVSC’s finest racers, Simi Hamilton, again brought home a first-place medal after finishing a full minute and a half in front of the J4 boys (11-12).

Hamilton was followed by teammates Brandon Cooper (sixth), Spencer Adams (seventh) and David Strickbone (ninth).

Aspen’s Linden Mallory led the AVSC boys in the J3 (13-14) 3K classic race with a sixth-place finish, 15 seconds out of first place.

First-year skier Tyler Baker finished ninth while Weston Boyles (10th), John Hatanaka (11th), Andrew Preusch (15th), Scott Evans (16th) and Larkin Flynn (17th) completed the top finishers for AVSC.

Jenny Hamilton brought home a gold medal in the J3 girls 3K classic race as she edged Tiffin Wannamaker of Durango. Maile Wade finished fifth in one of her strongest events of the year.

In the boys J2 event, Otte and Conor Flynn finished the 5K classic race in fourth and fifth, respectively. Otte edged Flynn by one second.

Chris Gold skied to a 15th-place finish and Robin Morse finished 10th.

Waldron paced the J1 boys with a sixth-place finish in the 10K course. R.C. Walker finished 11th, followed by Nathan Morse (13th), Travis Mohrman (14th) and Ben Sadler (16th).

Sarah Prudden finished 12th for the AVSC girls team in the 5K race followed by Polly Daniels in 16th. Ridgerunner results AVSC recently held a mogul contest with participants from the 18-day Ridgerunner program. Jamie Schindler won the 6-7 boys race with a score of 28.

Marshall Cleveland was second with 26 points and Jesper Hilts was third with 25 points.

Betsy Carlson won the 6-7 girls event with a first-place score of 27 points followed by MaKenzie Buck (second, 24 points) and Sally Boelens (third, 22 points).

Paul Stover won the boys 8-year-old event with 27 points, followed by Hayden Kennedy (second, 26 points) and Dillon Buck (third, 24 points).

In the girls event, Macy Margolin took home top honors with 26 points while Tianna Durrance was second with 25 points and Mia Sadowsky was third with 24 points.

Tyler Stevens won the 9-year-old event with 25 points followed by Bryan Mason (second, 24 points) and Matt Scheller (third, 23 points).

Betsy Whipple won the girls event (24 points). Jaquie Edgerly was second with 23 points and Grace Seigle was third with 22 points.

The 10- and-11-year-old boys event was won by Mark Stover with 30 points. Eric Sciarrrone was second (26 points) and Ryan Higgins was third (25 points).

Galen Bridgewater (10-11) won the girls event with a first-place point total of 25. Second place went to Ellyse Boelens (24 points) and Christy Severy finished third with 23 points.

Matt Fox won the boys 12-and-older division with 26 points. Jesse Schoeller was second with 24 points and Will Otte finished third with 23 points.

Brittany Bieble captured the girls 12-and-older crown with 27 points while Nicky Boelens (second, 24 points) and Kate Paparo (third, 23 points) rounded out the day’s events.


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