Sunlight Ski Team’s J4 racers shine at Steamboat Springs |

Sunlight Ski Team’s J4 racers shine at Steamboat Springs

The entire field of Rocky Mountain Division J4 (age 11-12) ski racers trained and competed three days of super-G in Steamboat Springs last weekend.

Fifteen teams from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Minnesota entered 110 girls and 112 boys in the event.

All four of the Sunlight Ski Team’s J4s raced.

Cooper Cornelius, 12, a winner of the final super-G at this event last season, was unable to compete in the two super-Gs on Saturday because of a school project contest in Denver.

Even though Cornelius missed valuable race experience, he was there Sunday and finished fourth, missing the podium by less than two-tenths of a second.

For Devan McSwain, Alexis Naylor and Tyler Dollahan, all 11 years old, this was their first-ever super-G competition.

Naylor had a great start to the series by placing 16th in her first race and a solid 20th in the next.

Dollahan, back from injuries to his heels that kept him out of the first races two weeks before at Vail, lost a ski pole in the start and skied to an impressive 20th that run. Keeping hold of both poles, he blazed to a 15th in Saturday afternoon’s race.

McSwain struggled in her first super-Gs, but showed improvement in each race.

The best results for Dollahan and Naylor put them third and fifth, respectively, among 11-year-olds.

Dexter Edelman, 12, who moved to Basalt from Taos, N.M., this past fall and often trains with Sunlight, had his finest finish ever, placing third on Sunday.

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