Aspen Nordic skiers qualify for state meet
The Aspen Time
The Aspen High School Nordic ski team added more state qualifiers at the 5K classic race in Minturn last weekend.
The event was staged at Maloit Park with a mass start.
“We had a great day,” head coach Travis Moore said, adding that all the AHS skiers had excellent performances. “The conditions were perfect, and everyone definitely raced their best.”
He said the course was a challenging two-lap circuit with steep uphills and technical descents.
“It was the largest field I have ever seen with more than 100 skiers both the boys and girls events,” Moore said. “At this point, most of our team is qualified for the state meet in at least one event, and I hope to get the others all qualified by the end of the season.”
The Colorado State Skiing Championships will be in Aspen on Feb. 25-26.
The races will be held on the cross country trails adjacent to Aspen High School.
Senior Nick Sweeney led the way for the Skiers by winning the boys 5K classic, helping the Aspen boys win the meet title.
Senior Graham Houtsma, his Aspen teammate, was right behind in second place.
Junior Jack Sweeney was 10th for the Skiers with sophomore Ricky Wojcik 14th.
Teammate Colt Whitley, a freshman, was 15th, and Everett Olson was 26th, all making the state cut. Olson also is a freshman.
Chelsea Moore led the Aspen High School girls.
The Aspen sophomore finished fourth in the girls 5K classic race.
Teammate Jozie Wille, also a sophomore, was ninth with Aspen senior Nina Beidleman in 10th.
Logan MacNamee, a senior, was 12th for Aspen with junior Hazel Wille 17th. Junior Adair Patillo was 21st. Kim Sandbach, a senior, was 41st with sophomore Maya McDonough 43rd.
All advanced to state.
Host Vail Mountain School won the girls team competition with 177 points.
Aspen was second with 164. Battle Mountain (147) was third with Summit (137) fourth.
Steamboat Springs was fifth with Evergreen sixth and Middle Park Seventh.
Eagle Valley was eighth, followed by Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Lake County, Clear Creek and Nederland.
The Aspen boys totaled 170 to beat Vail Mountain by two points.
Middle Park was third at 150 with Battle Mountain fourth (147) and Summit fifth.
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