Vail Mountain’s Woods, Ryerson finish 1-2 at Nordic meet |

Vail Mountain’s Woods, Ryerson finish 1-2 at Nordic meet

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado

EAST VAIL, Colorado ” The Vail Mountain Nordic team is determined to win a state title this season. The Gore Rangers took another step toward that goal last Saturday.

Vail Mountain’s Sean Woods won the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic classic meet at Winter Park with a time of 21 minutes, 21 seconds. Woods’ teammate Tony Ryerson came in second (21:50.0).

Rob Fitz rounded out the impressive effort by the Gore Rangers with a ninth-place finish in 23:46.0. Vail Mountain finished with 170 points to win the meet.

The trio hopes to bring a state championship to East Vail after finishing second last year. To accomplish that goal, they push each every day in practice.

“(The training) just brings the competition from practice into racing,” Woods said. “It helps me out quite a bit because I have somebody to go off of and see where I am in practice. Every day, they help me push myself.”

Other local athletes also fared well at Winter Park. Battle Mountain’s Conor Wallace took fifth in 22:54.0. Aleksei Horn added a 26th-place finish for Huskies.

Eagle Valley was paced by Casey Kerrigan in 24th. James Jagger (48th) and Ben Muehlethaler (51st) also had strong performances.

Vail Christian’s Ian Hamina put together an impressive race, crossing the finish line in 11th place.

Linder shines

Jessica Linder won her first high school Nordic race just more than a month ago at the Vail Nordic Center. She liked the feeling so much, she did it again on Saturday. The Vail Christian senior clocked a time of 23:37.0 to edge the field.

Linder’s teammate, Lettie Fickling, finished in 20th place for Vail Christian.

The Vail Mountain girls Nordic team also had a successful day. Lauren Zdechlik led the Gore Rangers with a fifth-place finish. Sally Ryerson wasn’t far behind in 10th.

Betsy Batts (13th), Amelia Ortiz (18th), Bridget Moffet (28th) and Maddie Peck (48th) all did well for Vail Mountain.

Battle Mountain’s Anouk Guilmineau (12th) finished in 29:31.0 for the Huskies.

Eagle Valley was paced by Raina Gulick (40th) and Ann Carlin (44th).

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