Latest News – December 18

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The Lake County High School and Middle School nordic skiers had their first regular season race this past weekend at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy trails in Minturn, Colo.

Charlie Koch in the first Nordic event of the season. Photo: Amy Morrison.

Charlie Koch in the first Nordic event of the season. Photo: Amy Morrison.

Due to low snow conditions, there was only a 1.2 kilometer course available. The high school teams had to do four laps of the course, while the middle school skiers did two. For most all skiers and teams, this was one of the few times they had been on snow all season.

Ryan Morrison. Photo: Amy Morrison.

Ryan Morrison placed 30th to qualify for State Meet. Photo: Amy Morrison.

In the high school boys race, Ryan Morrison led the team with a smooth and relaxed race to place 30th and qualify for the state meet. Andrew Coffin moved up steadily after a slow start and placed 56th. Charlie Koch was 62nd in his first high school race. Ethan Griener, a Buena Vista skier who is racing for Lake County, placed 67th in only his fourth time on skate skis.

Lara Lufkin leads Jayde Daigle (1)

Lara Lufkin leads by seconds  over Jayde Daigle. Photo: Amy Morrison.

Only two high school girls competed. Lara Lufkin overcame a fall in the beginning to place 20th. Jayde Daigle kept Lara in sight the whole time and was only a few seconds behind her to place 24th. Both girls easily qualified for the state meet in skating.

The middle school team had only had a week of practice under their
belt before taking on this race.

Whitney White led the middle school girls with an 11th place finish.
Caroline Benney skied a strong race to place 16th. AnneMarie Duel and Molly Lenhard worked together to place 21st and 22nd.

Joe Koch led the middle school boys team with his 16th place finish.
Travis Kerrigan and Zach Coffin were excited to finish their first ski
race ever, placing 23rd and 24th respectively.

“It was nice to get a good workout in with some other skiers and to
see where we are right now,” coach Karl Remsen remarked after the day. “I’m looking forward to spending some more time on snow and gearing up for the main part of the racing season in January.” 

The teams will continue to practice for the next month, with their
next race taking place on Jan. 12 in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
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