Vail Valley represented at climbing state championships
Competitive climbing as a high school sport is relatively new to the scene, but with the addition of climbing to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, it is sure to gain momentum in the next several years.
Five Vail Valley athletes, representing three different local high schools, qualified for and attended the state championships in Grand Junction recently. This was the first year these athletes entered the Colorado State High School series and their results were impressive.
After a season of local competitions, climbers were invited to compete in one of five regional championships to qualify for the state championships. Battle Mountain was represented by Amalia Manning and Ada Montilou-Prio; Vail Christian was represented by Jose Ascencio and Senna Sink and Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy was represented by Lyndsey Anderson. All of these athletes train with the Vail Athletic Club Competitive Climbing Team year-round and compete in USA Climbing competitions as well.
An Amazing Feat
Manning is a freshman at Battle Mountain and has been climbing most of her life, attending multiple USAC National Championships. In her first year competing in high school, she won most of her local competitions, by a substantial margin and qualified first at the regional championships. Manning finished in second place in the varsity category of the state championships, as a freshman. This is an amazing feat by the incredibly talented Minturn resident.
Ascencio is a sophomore at Vail Christian High School and has been climbing for seven years, advancing to the USAC Divisional Championships multiple times. This was Ascencio’s first year competing in the high school league and he placed fifth in the varsity category.
Also from Battle Mountain, Senna Sink finished in 28th place in the varsity category in the biggest competition of her career. Anderson, representing VSSA, finished strong with 16th place in the JV category in her first year ever climbing competition. And Montilou-Prio, representing Battle Mountain, finished 34th in the JV category.
To learn more about the Vail Athletic Club Climbing Team and youth climbing programs, contact Larry Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.