Leadville News – January 17
Nordic Boys Tie for 2nd Place in First Race
The Lake County High School Nordic team opened their season with a race at the Steamboat Springs Touring Center on Saturday, Jan. 13. After a recent storm, the skiing on the rolling five kilometer course was in excellent shape. Overcast skies kept the snow in good condition throughout the day.
The race was an individual start classic race, so the skiers had to pace themselves and race against the clock as they strode through the course. With some of the top skiers away at a club race, the Panthers were able to notch some great finishes.
Ariel Benney led the girls team with a 5th place finish. Molly Lenhard and Jackie Williams both had excellent races to place 18th and 22nd respectively.
“I knew Ariel was going fast when she caught me and flew right by,” noted Lenhard after the race.
Abby Holm was the next finisher in 28th, and Hannah Holm was next in 62nd. Ariel, Molly, Jackie, and Abby all finished under the line for state qualification. As a team, the Lake County girls placed third, tied with Aspen. Of the thirteen teams, only Battle Mountain and Steamboat scored better.
The boys’ team had an impressive slate of results as well. A trio of Panthers placed in the top ten one right after another, with Joe Koch 6th, Conner Lenhard 7th, and Zayden Tufte 8th. Those three, along with Sam Frykholm in 30th, all qualified for the state meet with their performances. Unfortunately, Matt Koch, who placed 55th, missed qualifying by just ten seconds. Matt Seibel rounded out the Panthers by placing 71st out of 115 racers.
Due to the trio up front, the Lake County boys team placed 2nd, tied with Steamboat. Battle Mountain placed first of the fourteen teams competing.
Nordic Coach Karl Remsen remarked afterwards that, “it was great to see the boys packed right up front. They all have been working hard in practice and pushing one another, and it was fun to see them have a good day on the race course.”
The Nordic team’s next race will be at the Vail Golf Course this Saturday, Jan . 20. This will be the first test for the squad against the full contingent of skiers in the league and their first skate race as well. Come and cheer on the Panthers!
Middle School Start Season with Wins!
By Jeff Spencer Lake County Middle School Nordic Head Coach
On Saturday, Jan. 13 in Steamboat Springs, the Lake County Middle School Boys and Girls Nordic teams got their season underway with two team wins in their first Classic race of the season. In the girls’ race, Adele Horning led the female panthers with a 2nd place overall finish, just 15 seconds behind first place. Coming in 3rd place overall was Elona Greene, finishing 7 seconds behind her teammate Adele. Rose Horning and Morgan Holm finished quickly behind their teammates in 4th and 6thplace respectively. Brynna Lenhard, in her first Nordic race ever, finished in 13th place overall in a field of 31 skiers! The girls combined finishes placed them in first place overall as a team.
The boys’ team was led by Jace Peters who finished 1st place overall, 34 seconds ahead of 2nd. The next Panther to cross the line was Roan Varble, finishing in 3rdplace, just 6 seconds behind 2nd. Josiah Horning was the 3rd Panther teammate to cross the line with a great 14th place finish in a field of 42 skiers. The Boys scores combined to put them in first place as team out of the six teams who competed.
At the conclusion of the race, Assistant Coach Christine Horning commented “I was very impressed with how well and how hard our new 6th grade middle school teammates, Josiah Horning and Brynna Lenhard, skied in their first nordic race ever.”
As the team was packing up to head back to Leadville, one of the course marshals came over and let our team know how great they skied and how great their form looked out on course. Both teams’ next race will be this Saturday, Jan. 20 at Vail Nordic Center in Vail, Colo. It will be a mass start skate race. Come and cheer on the home team!