Local Vail athletes top standings in Frisco | VailDaily.com

Local Vail athletes top standings in Frisco

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyVail Mountain's Kaitlin Zdechlik works her way up a hill on Thursday at the Summit County Nordic meet.

FRISCO, Colorado ” Local athletes felt right at home during Summit County’s Nordic meet on Thursday.

Vail Christian’s Jessica Linder and Vail Mountain’s Tony Ryerson both won titles, and a host of other local athletes claimed spots near the top of the results.

Linder propelled herself to a combined victory with an impressive run in the skate race. The second event of the day was set up as a pursuit race, meaning Linder started behind a handful of competitors. She wasted little time in making up ground.

Linder cruised to first with a time of 13 minutes, 44.1 seconds in the skate race to finish with a combined time (classic and skate) of 29:15.1.

There were a number of other strong finishes to go along with Linder’s winning performance. VMS’ Kaitlin Zdechlik took fourth overall with a time of 29:43.6. The Saints’ Lettie Fickling was right behind in fifth.

Lauren Zdechlik (seventh), Betsy Batts (10th), Amelia Ortiz (13th), Sally Ryerson (15th) and Bridget Moffat (30th) all did well for VMS.

Battle Mountain was led by Anouk Guilmineau’s 24th-place finish. Gulick Raina (40th) and Ann Carlin (41st) paced Eagle Valley.

Gore Rangers on top

It’s no big surprise, but Vail Mountain dominated the boys’ race. Ryerson and Sean Woods gave the Gore Rangers a 1-2 finish in the final standings. Rob Fitz took ninth to give VMS the team title.

Ryerson’s winning performance included a stellar time of 12:38.0 in the classic race. That time still wasn’t good enough to win the event. That’s because his teammate, Woods, won the classic race in 12:34.2.

Fitz was consistent in both races. He finished eighth in the classic and 10th in skate.

Vail Christian’s Ian Hamina took eighth in 26:01.2. Ryan Viaar was 46th and Eric Gallagher was 47th for the Saints.

Battle Mountain’s Conor Wallace was solid in both races to finish fourth overall with a combined time of 25:15.8. Christian Shanley was next for the Huskies in 11th. Aleksei Horn (35th), Forest Henzier (37th) and Christian Kloser (45th) all did well for Battle Mountain.

Ben Muehlethlaer (58th) and Wyatt Smith (71st) paced Eagle Valley.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or ismith@vaildaily.com.

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