Skiers get top-10 finishes at state |

Skiers get top-10 finishes at state

Ian Cropp
Daily Sports Writer

WINTER PARK ” Eagle County skiers finished the first day of the state meet with six top-10 finishes.

Vail Mountain’s Karlie Moore placed fourth in the girls’ classic Nordic race, while teammate Kaitlin Zdechlik came in eighth.

In the girls’ slalom, Battle Mountain’s Jamie Lee Roberts grabbed fifth, two places ahead of teammate Kelly Van Hee, while in the boys’ slalom Vail Mountain’s Mick Seeman came in fifth and the Huskies’ Mitch Hendrix took 10th.

The Gore Rangers took second in the girls’ classic race with 160 points, only 15 points behind Summit. Lani Bruntz’s 13th-place finish helped Vail Mountain edge out third-place Aspen by three points.

Other top finishers in the girls’ classic race were Molly McGee (11th, Vail Christian), Kendall Wilson (14th, Battle Mountain), Elsie Macsata (18th, Vail Mountain), Michelle Hiland (20th, Battle Mountain) and Jessica Linder (21st, Vail Christian).

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In the girls’ slalom, the Huskies’ Kelly Scholl took 16th, placing her team in third with 157 points. Eagle Valley’s Nicole Luczkow came in 20th, one spot ahead of teammate Hannah Nelson. The Devils placed sixth as a team and the Gore Rangers took seventh.

The Huskies had three skiers in the top 20 in the boys’ slalom, with Wilder Heuga in 15th and Jamie Hijmans in 18th, good for fourth place as a team. Vail Mountain finished nine points behind Battle Mountain, with Blake Armstrong finishing second for the team in 21st.

And in the boys’ classic race, Tony Ryerson and Bobby LeGay placed 18th and 19th, respectively, to put the Gore Rangers in fifth place. The Devils’ Kyle Simonett was 22nd, followed by Vail Mountain’s Wes Batts in 23rd.

On the girls’ side, Battle Mountain is in second place with 291 points and Vail Mountain is in fourth with 273 points. Summit holds the lead with 347 points.

Aspen is at the top of the boys’ side with 346 points, while Vail Mountain is in fourth (276 points) and Eagle Valley is in fifth (232 points).

Today the teams will compete in giant slalom and skate.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or

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