AHS ski teams at or near top
In two meets this season, Aspen High’s defending state champion boys and girls ski teams have posted finishes similar to last season ? at or near the top, that is.
The three-time defending state champion girls, racing under the combined AVSC-AHS banner, finished second in both meets, based on the combined results from both the top-three finishers in alpine and nordic as is standard in the high school ranks.
The AVSC-AHS boys team, which has won two of the last three state titles, finished first in both events.
At a Dec. 13 classic at Steamboat, the AHS girls and boys nordic racers won the event, though top finishers were not available, said Mike Flynn, who coaches the high school team with Travis Moore. At the Dec. 19 GS at Breckenridge, the AHS girls were third, while the boys finished on top in first.
At Saturday’s slalom in Vail, the Aspen boys crushed the field with Packy Westfeldt in second, Matt Fox in fourth and Blair Pickus in fifth among 130 starters. For the girls, Gillian Hearn was third, Kathryn Eastley was 10th and Bo Forester was 15th, rounding out the scoring finishers in a field of 100 starters, though official team results were not available.
For Friday’s freestyle race at Vail, the AHS boys finished first, “and the girls may have won, but we haven’t seen any result yet,” Flynn said.
“We may have the best teams in the state, and it’d be nice if we could confirm it,” Flynn sighed. “But what we’re trying to do right now is get as many kids as possible qualified for states as possible, in alpine and nordic, and in the process we’re doing fairly well from the limited results we’ve seen so far.”
“And that can be directly attributed to their on-snow coaches from the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club; they have them skiing great and relaxed.”
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