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Vail Mountain School, Huskies skiing on top after Day One

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — One day down, one to go, but so far, so good for the Vail Mountain School ski teams.

With giant slalom and freestyle Nordic in the books on Thursday at the state meet up in Steamboat Springs, the Gore Rangers boys lead handily, while the Battle Mountain girls leads by five points. The VMS boys won the GS and were second in the skate, toting 331 points, ahead of Aspen (282), Summit County and Battle Mountain (280) and Middle Park (275). It could be a Huskies-Gore Rangers duel for the ladies with Battle Mountain at 305 with VMS and Aspen both at 300.

Slalom and classic Nordic are on tap for today.

Surprise

The pleasant surprise of the day was that there weren't major surprises in the GS. State-ski meet history is littered with popped skis and straddled gates that throw the team competitions into chaos.

The VMS boys alpine team was delightfully boring. Michael Resnick finished second behind Evergreen's R.J. McLennan. Peer Carnes was fourth and Shane Cole sixth.

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Aspen's girls ruled in their GS. Haley Frischholz took bronze for the Huskies, with Gabrielle Wheeler in ninth and Kiana Brausch 11th. Whitney Merriman led the way for VMS in third, with Catherine Descisciolo (33rd) and Alyssa Hilb (45th) scoring.

The Gore Rangers boys simply need to complete two slalom runs today, while Hilb and Descisciolo need to gain some speed so that the VMS ladies can breathe easier.

Not a surprise

Maddie Donovan is VMS' latest Nordic champion, winning Thursday's freestyle in 16 minutes, 44.12 seconds. That led a dominant performance by the Gore Rangers. In fact, Donovan was a popular name on the podium as Bridget won bronze. The Gore Rangers went 1-3-9 (Emma Blakslee) for 170 points, 27 points ahead of Battle Mountain and 45 points ahead of Aspen, VMS' closest competition for the overall.

Eagle Valley's Rose Sandell finished seventh in 18:03.51.

For the boys, VMS's Cameron Wolfe was third; Peter Littman fifth and Ian Hardenbergh 17th. That was plenty for the Gore Rangers after a superb GS. Battle Mountain's Franklin Reilly sped to a second-place finish.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.

State Standings, Day 1

Boys GS FR Tot

Vail Mountain 171 160 331

Aspen 155 127 282

Summit County 115 165 280

Battle Mountain 122 158 280

Middle Park 118 157 275

Evergreen 167 98 265

Steamboat Springs 139 120 259

Nederland 121 100 221

Colorado Rocky MS 66 143 209

Eagle Valley 94 105 204

Lake County 57 120 177

Clear Creek 56 107 153

Platte Canyon 129 0 129

Durango 67 0 67

Ridgeview 0 37 37

Girls GS FR Tot

Vail Mountain 151 170 321

Battle Mountain 162 143 305

Aspen 175 125 300

Colorado Rocky MS 115 156 271

Middle Park 117 135 252

Summit County 110 142 252

Eagle Valley 122 128 250

Evergreen 137 100 237

Lake County 76 146 222

Nederland 138 41 179

Clear Creek 93 84 177

Steamboat Springs 50 109 159

Durango 115 0 115

Platte Canyon 103 0 103