Barth nets high finish at Telemark nationals; McKinstry, Gay win
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Two weeks after forerunning at the World Championships in Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs racer and 14-year-old Henry Barth was the hometown competitor last week at the United States Telemark National Championships at Sunlight Mountain Resort from March 13 to 15.
The racers competed under sunny skies and warm spring conditions over three days. The snow deteriorated fairly rapidly in the warm weather each day and gave some trouble to many of the racers as it softened.
Barth — still a year away from getting his driving learner’s permit — competed in the men’s expert division with his best finish a 13th-place in the grueling Sunday Classic event.
Steamboat racers Madi McKinstry and Jeffrey Gay raced their way to the title of national champion at Sunlight. This was McKinstry’s fourth national championship and Gay’s second title.
Both champions are products of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Telemark program who are both now full-time college students. They fit a little training in when they can around their studies while at college, so both are pleased with this accomplishment.
McKinstry is a Junior at Montana State University and Gay is a Senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Following the races McKinstry said, “Sunlight was a really great venue with fun terrain throughout the course. The classic was a challenging course with a hard skate. The team atmosphere was spot on, everyone cheered for each other and the older athletes encouraged the younger and newer racers throughout the weekend.”
Gay reflected, “One of the keys to my success is skiing consistently. For this weekend one of my main focuses was to make the jump line, landing and ski clean on the whole. Probably the biggest challenge was not over edging. It was very soft, because it was so warm, and was very easy to put too much pressure on the edges and loose speed. It was great to be skiing with everyone that competed at this event.”
Lyta Foulk and Tanner Visnick, also of Steamboat Springs, both placed second overall at the national championships. Foulk won the first race of the series and then placed second consistently for the remainder of the weekend.
The third-place podium spots for both the best overall men and women were occupied by a pair of racers from the northeast — for the men, Cory Synder of Franconia, New Hampshire and for the women, Sarah Carley of Brentwood, New Hampshire.
For complete results and more information, see http://www.ustsa.org.
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