CRMS Nordic team set for state |

CRMS Nordic team set for state

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Colorado Rocky Mountain School contributed photo

FRISCO, Colorado – Colorado Rocky Mountain School Nordic skiing coach Nick Brown and his team set a goal before the season started. They wanted to qualify three athletes to state.

Goal achieved.

Juniors Gus Griffin and Sam Kaufman and sophomore Jacqueline Larouche all qualified as individuals and will compete at today and Friday’s Nordic skiing state championships, held at the Frisco Nordic Center.

All three will participate in both today’s classic race and Friday’s skate competition.

Qualifying as part of the school’s team entry are junior Maria Mork (skate and classic) and sophomores Florentina Arthuber (skate) and Maggie Deveny (classic).

The goals vary for the state-bound CRMS contingent, but Brown would like to see personal records fall.

“I would love to see each individual have their best race of the season so far at states,” he said. “As a team, we have been finishing with a score in the middle of the pack. I would like the team to finish with a score in the top half of the field.”

Individually, Griffin has a shot to finish high in Frisco.

“We are looking for a good result from Gus Griffin, who has had some particularly strong classic races this season,” Brown said. “Gus could be mixing it up for a spot in the top five.”

On the girls side, Larouche is a top-10 contender.

No matter what happens, the season has been a gratifying one for Brown.

“The team has been the highlight of the season,” he lauded. “They work so well together and are such a fantastic group to be associated with.”

The first-year coach said the program is definitely headed in the right direction.

“We have lots of students in their first or second year of skiing, combined with some more experienced athletes,” said Brown, whose team features 13 students. “We will be losing some seniors as well this year, but I am excited about the tone we set this year.”

KEYSTONE, Colorado – The CRMS Alpine skiing team has given first-year coach Max Stevens much to be proud of, but he’s proudest of his athletes’ improvement over the course of the season.

Their progression helped the team send five racers to the Alpine skiing state championships, held today and Friday at Keystone Resort.

Representing CRMS in today’s giant slalom race and Friday’s slalom race will be seniors Kyra Gabow and Ethan Cranmer, junior Ludvig Ragnarrson and freshmen Justine Timms and Mackenzie Small.

All have shown big-time improvement in recent races.

“The biggest highlights have been the final two races,” Stevens said. “All of the CRMS skiers finished and showed marked improvement since the first race of the season.”

CRMS has partnered with the Aspen Valley Ski Club this season, which has fortified the program. The CRMS skiers have had the chance to train at Aspen Highlands, a world-class venue. They’ve also been able to venture outside the high school ranks and compete with AVSC.

“I think that the AVSC/CRMS partnership will assure that the CRMS program stays strong and grows in the future,” Stevens said.

As far as the present is concerned, Stevens has high hopes for Ragnarsson, who hails from Sweden.

“I think he is capable of a top 10,” Stevens said.

Gabow has consistently been the team’s fastest girl. Small is no slouch in the speed department, either.

“Kenzie can throw down some fast runs,” Stevens said.

“Kyra and Ethan have consistently finished in the top 20 at races all season,” he added. “Ludvig and Kenzie struggled to finish races at the beginning of the season, but, by the end, were skiing fast. Justine had not raced before this season and has been getting faster with each race all year.”

Both state Alpine races will be held on Keystone’s “Go Devil” run.

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