Latest News – January 16

Reminder: Council to Discuss LT100 Tonight

Tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Leadville City Council is holding a work session to discuss the 2013 Lifetime Fitness Leadville Race Series.

2009 LT100 MTB. Photo: David Hahn

2009 LT100 MTB. Photo: David Hahn

The session starts at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Meeting Room in City Hall. The temporary use permits for these races are scheduled for the February 5 City Council Meeting. Tonight’s work session will be the public’s opportunity to express their support and/or concerns about the events.Spacer_Big

Panthers BBBbrrring It to Figid Steamboat Meet

Thanks to Contributor Karl Remsen, Panthers Nordic Coach

On a cold Saturday morning, the Lake County High and Middle School Nordic ski teams headed up to Steamboat to compete in their second race of the season.

The temperature was -12 F as the bus departed Leadville, but luckily
it was close to 10 F by the time the races in Steamboat went off. The
Steamboat course, a hilly challenge, was in good shape despite the
slow winter.

Nordic_ReportIn the high school boys race, Andrew Coffin had an excellent race and placed 37th. Unfortunately, Andrew missed qualifying for the state meet by two places and ten seconds. Ethan Greiner was the next Lake County finisher, crossing in 47th. Ryan Morrison placed 49th despite having his pole broken on the first climb. Charlie Koch was not far behind in 55th. As a team, the boys were 8th out of ten teams.

For the high school girls, Jayde Daigle started off quickly and had an excellent overall race to place 13th. Kimberly Vierzchalek fought
through traffic for much of the race and finished 56th. Hannah Lufkin, fighting with a sore knee, skied a smooth race to place 62nd. Lara in sight the whole time and was only a few seconds behind her to place 24th. The three girls were 9th out of eleven teams.

“I’m excited with the progress that we have made with our skating over the past few weeks,” coach Karl Remsen remarked. “This was a good chance to see how we stack up against the other teams.”

Joe Koch led the middle school boys team with his 42nd place finish. Matt Seibel had a solid showing in his first middle school Nordic race, placing 50th. Zach Coffin and Travis Kerrigan worked together and placed 54th and 55th respectively. Overall, the boys were 7th out of ten teams.

Joe Koch captured the feeling of many skiers when he said that, “this race was better than the first one, for sure.”

Whitney White led the middle school girls with a 20th place finish in a large field of 48 skiers. Caroline Benney was about a minute behind Whitney in 31st. AnneMarie Duel and Molly Lenhard overcame some stumbles to place 38th and 39th. Overall, the girls were 6th out of eight teams.

Middle School coach Jeff Spencer noted, “the kids skied well and have come a long way in the last month.”

The teams have next weekend off before racing in Summit County on January 26.

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