Aspen High Nordic skiers earn berths at state meet
The Aspen High School Nordic team recorded top results, state-qualifying results, at the Steamboat Springs Invitational last weekend.
The Skiers competed in a classic 5-kilometer race.
Logan McNamee of the Skiers charged onto the podium with a second-place finish, her top finish of the season.
Also posting state-qualifying times for Aspen were Adair Patillo, Kim Sandbach, Maya McDonough and Ella Beck.
Anna Belinski and Taylor Reed also competed for the Skiers.
Philip Psaledakis, a freshman and first-year skier, was the sole racer for Aspen High School on the boys side, skiing to a midpack finish in the field of 100.
Several other Aspen High School athletes traveled to the Olympic cross country venue in Utah, for a large regional event, also posting top finishes.
The Soldier Hollow Super JNQ drew skiers from the Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest, Intermountain and Far West regions. Every club west of Minnesota was represented with just under 800 participants.
Hosted at the 2002 Olympic venue at Soldier Hollow, the races took place on Friday (classic sprints) and Saturday (mass start distance freestyles from 2K, 3K, 5K, 10K to 15K.
Graham Houtsma was the first finisher overall in the 15K freestyle.
Nick Sweeney was the third finisher overall in the classic sprint.
Anna Fake was fifth overall in the classic sprint and seventh overall in the 10K freestyle.
Chelsea Moore placed 14th in the 5K freestyle and 16th in the classic sprint.
The Colorado High School State Skiing Championships will be in Aspen on Feb. 25-26.
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