KEYSTONE — Move over, boys.
The Battle Mountain alpine ladies aren’t too bad either. The Huskies’ Haley Frischholz won Thursday’s slalom at Keystone, giving Battle Mountain three individual race winners in four outings so far this season. Sands Simonton won the boys’ Beaver Creek giant slalom, and teammate Quintin Cook won on Thursday for a nice .750 winning percentage.
Frischholz topped Nederland’s Keile Kropf by 1.2 seconds over two run. Frischholz had finished second a week ago at Beaver Creek, so 2014 seems to be shaping up nicely for her.
Nederland took home team honors with 173 points on the girls’ side, with Battle Mountain second at 166. The Huskies’ Nicole Affleck was sixth and Abby Davidson 11th. All three Huskies are now qualified for state in both GS and slalom.
Battle Mountain’s boys won their second team race of the season with Cook (1 minute, 15.76 seconds) knocking off Simonton (1:17.60). Kevan Aubel, in fourth, gave the Huskies 176 points and a win, 13 ahead of Nederland and 26 in front of Summit County.
They weren’t the only Huskies carving it well. Cain Gipson was 14th and Stefan Sortland 19th, as they both finished within the state cut.
Gore Rangers Take Fourth
The Vail Mountain School also impressed. The Gore Rangers finished fourth out of seven teams, which is very good, considering they only field three skiers. (If one is a DNF, VMS is out of the running.) Caleb Chicoine zoomed to sixth, while Peter Mitchell also qualified in 20th.
Today at Winter Park, Eagle Valley’s Jessica Nulle finished 10th in a competitive field to make state.
Devils shine in Nordic opener
If it’s dirt, concrete or snow, they’re fast.
Eagle Valley finished third in Friday’s classic Nordic race, and the results really sound like a cross-country race in the fall. Will Thrasher was 16th, Michael Niemeyer 17th and Gino Giovagnoli 25th. It’s Devils running on ice, people. Battle Mountain’s Cameron Moore finished 10th and teammate Riley Franklin was 29th. That’s five locals on the guys’ side who are headed to state.
Eagle County has four girls ready for state after Friday’s race. VMS’ Maddie Donnovan was 10th; Battle Mountain’s Val Constien 21st; Eagle Valley’s Nikki Cunning 22nd; and Battle Mountain’s Delaney McCabe 28th.