Latest News – January 18

Nordic Skiers Show Improvement at Eldora Race

On Saturday, Jan. 10, the Lake County High School and Middle School Nordic ski teams traveled to Eldora Mountain Resort outside of Nederland for a classic race.

Matt Koch takes the lead on the hill for a 20th place finish at Eldora. Photo: Sarah Hudelson.

Matt Koch (left)  takes the lead on the hill for a 20th place finish at Eldora. The Nordic Team’s season continues in Minturn on January 24. Photo: Sarah Hudelson.

The weather was mild – an abnormality for Eldora – but clouds kept the ski tracks in good shape until the high school boys race. At that point, the sun came out and made the skiing a bit slick. The course was loops on rolling terrain that favored strong upper body strength and disciplined pacing. 

Courtney Crenshaw focuses on a strong finish. Photo: Sarah Hudelson.

Courtney Crenshaw focuses on a strong finish.           Photo: Sarah Hudelson.

In the middle school girls race, Abigail and Hannah Holm were the only Panthers to compete. Abby was 20th, and Hannah was only a few seconds behind in 22nd. For the middle school boys, Matt Koch led the team with a 20th place finish. Conner Lenhard and Sam Frykholm were within 2 seconds of one another in 24th and 25th, respectively. As a team, the boys were 4th out of 6. 

“Our skiers have made great improvements in their classic technique, and it was fun to see them show it off today,” said coach Jeff Spencer. 

The high school girls skied a slightly longer race than normal, with the winner taking over 20 minutes to complete a nearly 6-kilometer course. Lara Lufkin paced herself because of a recent cold, but was still able to place 14th to lead the team. Jayde Daigle skied well to place 38th. Both girls were fast enough to notch a qualification for the state meet in classic. Molly Lenhard was not far behind in 48th, and fellow freshman Caroline Benney next in 54th. Alissa Kuster finished her first high school race in 71st, and Courtney Crenshaw was 81st to round out the team. Overall, the girls were 6th of 12 teams.

Zach Coffin finished his first high school classic race in 88th place. Photo: Vicki Koch

Zach Coffin finished his first high school classic race in 88th place. Photo: Vicki Koch

Ethan Greiner, of Buena Vista but skiing for the Panthers, led a trio of high school boys with a 22nd place finish. Charlie Koch finished in 23rd, and Taylor Stack, from Salida but racing for Lake County, finished his first classic race in 25th. Russell Orris, also of Salida, was 45th. This was good enough for him along with the other three to qualify for the state meet in classic. Joe Koch just missed qualification in 48th but had the best race of the day for the team. Zach Coffin finished his first high school classic race in 88th place. Overall, the boys were 7th out of 13 teams.

Sam Frykholm digs in for the uphill climb. Photo: Vicki Koch.

Leadville Nordic skier Sam Frykholm digs in for the uphill climb. Photo: Vicki Koch.

Coach Karl Remsen remarked afterward, “It was a solid day for our skiers. Our freshmen are really showing their strength, and I’m excited to see some improvement from all skiers in the next few weeks.

The teams will be back in action at a race in Minturn on January 24. 

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