Trio of local skiers lock up state-meet spots
State high school skiing is more of an art than a science.
Skiers, more often than not, leave their meet not knowing how they did, only to find out a week or two later.
And then, there’s the infamous 2001 state meet, where the Colorado High School Activities Association awarded the boys’ state title incorrectly to Summit.
The math was remedied and Battle Mountain got the trophy back.
And, so it should be nor surprise that the Eagle Valley Nordic qualified no new skiers at last weekend’s regular season finale at Carbondale – a classic – and yet still added a skier to its state contingent in classic.
Don’t worry. We’re just as confused as you are.
Turns out that there were errors in the results from the Nederland duathlon, held at Lake Eldora, two weeks ago.
“There was a correction sent to me at about 11:30 p.m. (Tuesday night),” Devils coach Glen Ewing said.
“(Race organizer) Gary Giberson didn’t figure all the times of the waves. They sent the racers out in three or four waves. Ben Rogers was in the fourth wave and they didn’t figure out those times until now. Ben ended up 30th.”
And thus, welcome to the state meet, Sparky, as Rogers, a sophomore, is better known.
There only two other new qualifiers from the local high schools last weekend and they did so in the more conventional way. Battle Mountain’s Brooke Segerberg finished 22nd in 28 minutes, 22.4 seconds, followed by teammate Jane Lettovska in 29th (29:16) to post their first state times in classic in last-chance qualifying.
Otherwise, as Claude Rains said in the movie Casablanca, “Round up the usual suspects.”
From the Vail Mountain School, Sylvan Ellefson (fourth), Taylor Sheldon (ninth), Josh Smith (11th), Brad Bingham (16th) and Bobby LeGaye (27th), all of whom are already qualified, put up state times in the boys’ race.
For the girls, it was Haleigh Armstrong (third), Jenny Thorne (12th) and Z Warren (23rd)
“I thought we skied pretty well,” VMS coach Dan Weiland said.
“Jenny fell once. Josh fell twice. We had a few mental lapses. Otherwise, we could have been really up there.”
For Battle Mountain, in addition to Segerberg and Lettovska, Maddie McCaulley (18th), Meghan Meehan (21st), Kendall Wilson (25th) and Molly McGee (28th) reaffirmed their state times for the girls team.
On the boys’ side, Grant Stevenson (28th), Taylor Roach (34th) and Andy Given (35th) made the cut again.
From Eagle Valley, there were no surprises other than Rogers. Surprise, Jill Ewing (eighth) and Katie Wick (14th) led the Lady Devils. James Ewing (30th) and Kyle Simonett (36th) were back in the state circle for the boys.
“Jill and Katie had good results. Other than that, we didn’t have a great race,” Glen Ewing said.
“We’re looking forward to Steamboat. We’ve been spending a lot of time working on technique with the younger skiers during the year.
“We’re going to use the next two weeks working on technique with the older skier to get ready for state.”
The state meet is Feb. 20-21 in Steamboat Springs. There will be an alpine and Nordic event each day. The cumulative team points from the four races will be tallied to determine both a boys and girls state champion. The race for the Skimeister Award will also be decided.