Aspen High ski teams in second after first day at state championships

Austin Colbert, The Aspen Times
Aspen's Chelsea Moore powers toward the finish line and a fourth place finish in the skate race Thursday at the Colorado State High School Skiing Championships in Steamboat Springs.
John F. Russell/Steamboat Today

The Aspen High School ski teams are sitting in a good spot after the first day of the state skiing championships in Steamboat Springs, with both the boys and girls holding on to second place midway through the competition.

The Aspen girls, who are the defending state champions, finished with 300 points to match Vail Mountain. Battle Mountain has a slight edge with 305 points.

The AHS girls dominated Thursday’s giant slalom at the Steamboat Ski Area, with four girls finishing in the top six. Mariel Gorsuch and Margo McHugh finished first and second, respectively, while Devan McSwain was fifth and Pascale Augspurger sixth. Only the top three finishers per school score points.

Chelsea Moore led the AHS Nordic team in Thursday’s skate race, taking fourth. Vail Mountain had two girls in the top three, led by a first-place finish from Maddie Donovan. The next best finisher for Aspen after Moore was Adair Pattillo in 40th.

The Aspen boys scored 280 points on Thursday to finish in a three-way tie for second place with Battle Mountain and Summit. Vail Mountain is first with 331 points.

Trey Thorpe had the best individual finish for the Skiers, taking third in the giant slalom. AHS’s Reed Beidleman (11th) and Ethan DeMoraes (15th) each had top-15 finishes. Alex Ilic was 20th.

Everett Olson was Aspen’s lone top-10 finisher in the Nordic skate race, taking 10th. Jack Sweeney was next best in 16th place.

Full results can be viewed here.

The state meet will conclude Friday at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat. The girls slalom starts at 9 a.m., followed by the boys. The second run begins at noon and 1 p.m.

The girls cross-country race starts at 3 p.m., with the boys to follow.

The awards ceremony, where the overall champions will be crowned, is scheduled for 7 p.m.