Aspen High chasing state skiing titles |

Aspen High chasing state skiing titles

Aspen's Nina Beidleman (52) powers up a hill during the skate race at the State High School Skiing Championships at the Frisco Nordic Center.
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The Aspen High School ski team opened the annual State High School Skiing Championships in Summit County with a strong first-day showing.

The AHS girls are in second place in the girls team standings after the initial alpine and cross country races.

Summit High School leads the girls standings with 331 points. Aspen is next at 320.

Among the boys, Aspen is fourth after the first day of competition. Battle Mountain (Vail) leads the boys scoring with 329 points. Summit is second with Evergreen third.

Aspen has 283 points after the opening giant slalom and skate cross country race.

Nina Beidleman led the Aspen Skiers in the girls 5-kilometer skate race, held at the Frisco Nordic Center. She finished fourth. Ezra Smith of Summit won with Maddie Donovan of Vail Mountain School second.

Also for Aspen, Chelsea Moore, Jozie Wille and Logan McNamee finished 8, 9 and 10, respectively.

Adair Pattillo was 15th, giving the Skiers five racers in the top 15.

Quincy Dollahan of Aspen won the girls giant slalom, edging Brenna Hattler of Evergreen. Aspen’s Elena Felace finished ninth.

For the boys, Nick Sweeney finished second in the boys 5K skate cross country race. Henry Trowbridge of Summit won the race.

Graham Houtsma of Aspen finished sixth. Jack Sweeney, also of the Skiers, finished ninth.

In the boys GS, defending state champion Sands Simonton of Battle Mountain won with teammate Quintin Cook seconds.

The top Aspen finisher was Kyle LaCouture in 19th. The state alpine races were held at Keystone.

The state championships will continue with a classic cross country race and a slalom alpine race.

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