Aspen girls grab early lead at state skiing championships |

Aspen girls grab early lead at state skiing championships

Nate PetersonThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. Aspen junior Brittany Marrs took sixth in Thursdays 5-kilometer girls skate race at the state skiing championships in Steamboat Springs, leading three Aspen skiers into the top 10. The 6-8-9 Aspen finish gives the Skiers girls an early team lead of 169 points, 10 points ahead of Vail Mountain School. Host Steamboat Springs is third after the morning race with 158 points.Thursdays alpine portion of the championships, a slalom for the boys and girls, is still in progress. The state championships conclude Friday with a classic nordic race and a giant slalom.Marrs finished the 5K course in 16 minutes, 37 seconds. Summit High Schools Briana Perkins had the days fastest time in 15:15, followed by Vail Mountains Karlie Moore (15:22) and Vail Christians Jess Linder (15:46).Aspens Lindsey Wilkinson was seventh (16:42) and teammate Natalie Obermeyer was just a second behind in eighth.Aspens other finishers were: Katie Bird (17th, 18:04), Annalise Grueter (20th, 18:13) and Kelsey Tofany (35th, 19:20). The defending state champion Aspen boys are in third place after Thursday mornings skate race with 149 team points. Vail Mountain School holds a comfortable lead of 176 points after four VMS skiers filled in the top five, including Thursdays winner, Tony Ryerson, who finished in 13 minutes, 19 seconds. The Summit boys are in second with 160 points. Junior Bryce Gordon was Aspens top finisher in the boys race, skiing to ninth in 14:31. Junior Ben Armstrong was 11th (14:35) and junior Whit Parker was 18th (15:15). Aspens best male nordic skier, junior Scott Lacy, is unavailable to compete at the state championships because he failed to compete in the mandatory number of qualifying races this season. Lacy missed the high school races because of his selection to the United States junior team, which competed at the Scandinavia Cup in Estonia earlier this month.For complete coverage of Thursday’s races, see Friday’s Aspen Times.

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