Lake County Nordic Hosts Teams, Headed to State Next
On a sunny and warm Saturday, the Lake County Nordic Team raced on their home course at the Colorado Mountain College Timberline Campus Trails Lab in Leadville. The course worked its way up through the pine forest before descending through a series of rolling hills into the finish.
“The course was challenging—mostly due to the icy conditions on the downhills,” coach Karl Remsen said. “It was difficult to stay on your feet, especially if there were other skiers around.” Most of the Lake County team had skied the hills enough that they were able to navigate successfully around the course without a fall.
Taylor Stack led the boys team with his 5th place finish. Charlie Koch cruised through the hills that he has skied for the past decade and placed 33rd. Joe Koch and Brandon Hanson raced to 44th and 45th, respectively. Zayden Tufte was right behind in 56th. Jarrett Rongstad recorded his best finish of the year in 76th, and Zach Coffin was a few seconds behind to place 77th. Matthew Seibel was 85th and Andrew Gardner was 87th to round out the Panthers. As a team, the boys placed 6th out of 13 schools.
Stack’s performance has him ranked 6th in the state for skating as he heads to the state meet in a few weeks.
Caroline Benney notched her first top ten to lead the girls team with a 10th place finish. Phoebe Powell bounced back from some spills to place 19th. Ariel Benney continued her impressive rookie campaign with a 24th place finish, and Whitney White was close behind in 26th. Harper Powell made it five skiers in the top thirty for the Panther women by placing 30th. Molly Lenhard was 40th to continue her excellent season. Jackie Williams placed 57th, and Anna Schehrer was 70th.
The girls were fifth overall as a team out of twelve schools. Remsen commented, “We are such a deep team. I wish they scored five as they do in running instead of just three skiers—we would place even better.”
On February 25 – 26, eleven Panther skiers will represent Lake County Nordic when they compete at the Colorado High School State Championships in Aspen.
“This is the largest group I have taken to the state meet in my ten years of coaching,” said Remsen. “It is going to be a blast!”