Skiers dominate regionals

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club won six out of the 12 Nordic combined classes at this year's Western Regional Championships in Park City, Utah -- including all but one of the boy's classes.

"They make us stick with Nordic combined until we are in ninth grade here in Steamboat," Steamboat's Davis Miller said. " I think that's why we have more skiers who seem to stick with it. Most of the athletes in our club are Nordic combined skiers, and we have strong skiers in most of the age divisions."

Davis Miller won the K-90 sprint at the Western Regional Championships, which were held March 13 in Park City. He said the regional event is a chance to see who is setting the pace in the West in ski jumping and Nordic combined.

The athletes from Winter Sports Club hold the advantage when it comes to Nordic combined.

In the sprint event, Davis Miller beat his brother, Alex, to the finish line by 11 seconds to take the title.

"If I had to lose to someone, I'm glad it was him," Alex Miller said. "We ski against each other a lot. Davis was a little stronger at that race, but I got him at Nationals."

Steamboat's Taylor Fletcher won the J2 event on the K-64 hill, and Erik Lynch was first in the J4 class on the K-20 hill.

Jace Worden led a Steamboat sweep in J5 class, which was held on the K-10 hill. Teammate Ben Berend was second, and Aleck Gantick was third.

Steamboat's Nicholas Madden also won the J6 event, which was held on the K-10 hill, and Jasper Gantick won the open class on the K-20 hill.

Utah's Ryan Wolf won the K-40 event, keeping the Winter Sports Club from sweeping all of the boys events at the championships.

Maddie Wood won the girls' J6 class, Sarah Hendrickson won the girls' J5 class and Brittany Rhoades won the girls' J2 class. All three are Utah skiers. The J4 girls' title went to Alsuko Tanaka of Canada, and the J3 title went to Nata DeLeeuw, also of Canada.

-- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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