Skiers close out state |

Skiers close out state

Ian Cropp

WINTER PARK – For the second day in a row, Vail Mountain’s Karlie Moore earned the top spot among Eagle County skiers. Moore, who finished fourth in Friday’s girls’ classic Nordic race, took fourth in Saturday’s skate race.Vail Christian’s Molly McGee jumped into the top 10 with a seventh-place finish in the skate race.Battle Mountain’s Kate Van Hee capped off a solid weekend on the alpine side by taking eighth in the girls’ slalom, while teammate Jamie Lee Roberts also turned in an impressive performance, placing 12th.And the Gore Rangers’ Mick Seeman (10th) used two nearly identical runs (45.55, 45.6 seconds) to pop into the top 10 in the boys’ slalom. The Huskies’ Mitch Hendrix led his team in 12th.Other top finishers in the boys’ slalom include, Petey Moore (Battle Mountain, 15th), Chris Woods (Vail Mountain, 19th) and Wilder Heuga (Battle Mountain, 23rd). In the girls’ slalom, Vail Mountain had two racers in the top 30, in Lucy Sackbauer (18th) and Joely Denkinger (30th). Battle Mountain’s Kelly Scholl was 22nd.As a team, the Gore Rangers skated to a third-place finish in the Nordic race with 151 points, behind Summit (177) and Aspen (155). In addition to Moore’s finish, Kaitlin Zdechlik took 16th and Elsie Macsata was 22nd.In a loaded boys’ skate field, the Gore Rangers’ Bobby LeGay and Rob Fitz were 22nd and 23rd, respectively. Eagle Valley’s Kyle Simonett followed the Vail Mountain skiers in 24th.Overall, the Battle Mountain girls (560 points) finished third, one spot ahead of Vail Mountain (538). As expected, Summit took the state championship (694), and Middle Park came in second (595).Summit completed the sweep by winning the boys’ title, while Vail Mountain finished fourth (547) Battle Mountain sixth (398) and Eagle Valley seventh (358).WoodsmeisterWoods took home the Skimeister crown, 19 points ahead of the closest competitor, Middle Park’s Neils Morck. The Huskies’ Charlie Coats finished in third, one point behind Morck.On the girls’ side, Jane Lettovska came up one points shy of winner Jess Hadford of Nederland.See Monday’s Vail Daily for a story on this year’s Skimeister.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or, Colorado

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