Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Steamboat Springs With Steamboat snowboarders capturing top spots in seven of 18 age divisions, local athletes continued to top the Snowboarding Outreach Society's series this weekend in Keystone's giant slalom races.
"Steamboat riders are doing phenomenal. They're dominating the SOS series at this point," said Todd Reeves, the winter sports club snowboard program director.
The Winter Sports Club's pro-am riders, Steamboat's older and more advanced athletes who do not typically compete in the SOS series, turned in a number of top finishes at Keystone.
In the largest field for the season in the SOS series, Steamboat's Adam Casanova had the best time of the day. Taking first in the open class men's division, the pro-am racer finished his first run with a time of 37.62 seconds (the fastest for the day) and his second run in 41.66, which gave him a combined time of 79.28.
Casanova was followed in the open class division by teammates Ryan Miller, who took second with a combined time of 81.52, and Garrett Sorteberg, who placed third with a combined time of 83.24.
On the women's side, Steamboat's Erica Mueller produced the fastest female combined time along with the top spot in the open class. Mueller finished the day with a first run time of 43.23 and a second run time of 44.51. In the women's 18 to 22 age group, pro-am rider Becky Bassett took first out of three competitors with a combined time of 90.97.
"The pro-am riders played a significant role with our junior racers, mentoring with technical riding advice, course strategy and race-day preparation," Reeves said.
In the younger age division, David Manthei once again took top honors as he captured first place in the 16 to 17 age group. With a combined time of 79.65, Manthei finished well ahead of the division's second-place rider Troy Dolan, who turned in a combined time of 85.26.
Vic Wild also took first with a combined time of 84.51 in the 14 to 15 age group. Austin Reed, who competed in the 8 to 9 age group, and Ryan Walter Oleski, in the 10 to 11 age group, also took first in Keystone's giant slalom races.
In the largest age division, Steamboat's Charlie Peddie took second out of the 11 riders competing in the 12 to 13 age group. Peddie's combined time of 90.67 was followed by Scott Stanko's time of 94.95 and Cody Kurewski's time of 96.81.
Steamboat athletes will continue the competition at home this weekend in the Steamboat Cup Series. Sponsored by Powder Tools, Sunday's giant slalom race is the second in a series of four Steamboat Cup events.
Held at Howelsen Hill, the race is an entry-level competitive environment that promotes rider development and sportsmanship.
The Winter Sports Club's development and junior ability programs primarily generate the competition field. Prizes are also awarded.