Aspen High Nordic skiers roll at Cordillera

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School Nordic skiers celebrate a beautiful day at Cordillera.
Courtesy photo |

The Aspen High School Nordic ski team celebrated top finishes at the Vail Mountain/Battle Mountain Invitational last weekend at Cordillera near Edwards.

The Skiers competed in a double event.

They had a mass-start 3-kilometer classic race in the morning with a pursuit-style 3K skate race in the afternoon.

The skate race start order was based on the morning finish in the classic.

If an athlete finished 10 seconds behind another, that’s how they started in the pursuit race.

The first to cross the line in the skate race was the overall winner of the day.

The results of the individual races also counted as state qualifiers.

“Our skiers did very well, though some had to fight through some tight crowds due to the course setup during the mass start,” Aspen High head coach Travis Moore said. “Graham Houtsma had an outstanding day, winning both races and the overall title.”

Teammate Nick Sweeney chose to race without kick wax for the classic race and double-poled the event, finishing third, Moore said.

“That was impressive … the course had a pretty demanding uphill,” Moore said.

Jack Sweeney of the Skiers rounded out the top three in the classic race in 21st place.

On the girls side, Chelsea Moore of Aspen finished fourth in classic, followed by Logan MacNamee in 11th and Jozie Wille in 12th.

“In the skate race, Graham (Houtsma) also dominated, winning in a time of 7:31, securing the overall title,” Moore said.

He was followed by Colt Whitley in 10th and Sweeney in 19th.

On the girls side, Moore finished seventh, Nina Beidleman finished eighth, and Jozie Wille was 11th.

“It was a great day of racing in a beautiful setting on a fun and challenging course,” Moore said.

Bridget Donovan of Vail Mountain School won the girls 3K classic at Cordillera.

Ruthie Boyd of Summit finished second.

Houtsma won the boys 3K classic with Cameron Wolfe of Vail Mountain second.

Donovan was the overall girls winner.

The Aspen cross country ski racers will travel to Leadville for a meet Saturday.

They will race on the trail system adjacent to the Leadville campus of Colorado Mountain College.