CRMS dominates tele championships
CARBONDALE ” At Friday and Saturday’s 2004 U.S. Telemark National Championships in Copper Mountain, the team from Colorado Rocky Mountain School dominated the competition ” in both sheer numbers and results.
CRMS students Jack Tolan, Andrew Still-Baxter and Cody Smith finished 1-2-4 in the open men’s slopestyle. This was all the more remarkable because, even though this year’s championships had a first-time category for juniors, these three high school students chose to compete against men. In the men’s Big Air competition, Tolan, Still-Baxter and Smith finished 3rd, 6th and 9th, respectively.
Tolan, a junior from Glenwood Springs, also won the men’s slopestyle event last year. Both Still-Baxter and Smith are seniors from Carbondale, and all three appeared in the ski film, “CORE: Total Telemark III.”
In 1994, CRMS became the first high school in the country to field a telemark ski team. This year the college-preparatory school from Carbondale sent 17 competitors to the nationals ” more than one-third of the weekend’s total 45 finishers.
In junior men’s slopestyle at Copper Mountain, CRMS gave up first place to Matthew Heiserman, but CRMS students Jimmie Cotton, Morgan McInvaille, Wicks Walker, Matt Cahn and Zach Lueders grabbed places second through sixth.
In men’s telecross, CRMS team competed in the junior division. Except for fourth-place David Brokering ” a former CRMS student ” the school swept all other spots. Smith was first, followed by Walker, Tolan, Brokering, McInvaille, Spencer Schachter, Still-Baxter, Ned Perry, and, in a three-way tie for 9th, Cotton, Forbes Fisher and Cahn. Lueders placed first among youth.
In girls’ telecross, CRMS’s Ali Wade ” who recently took top honors in the junior women’s division at the freestyle kayak Pre-Worlds Championships in Australia ” placed second. Teammates Kaelin Kiesel and Vallee Noone were third and fourth, respectively.
For more information and for complete results, visit the Tough Guy Productions Web site at http://www.totaltelemark.com.
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