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Durango skiers win four titles at Nordic ski race

CARBONDALE ” Members of the Durango ski club treated the Spring Gulch trail system like it was their own turf at Saturday’s Alpine Bank Nordic Ski Races.

Five Durango skiers ” three boys and two girls ” won titles at the Rocky Mountain Division Junior Olympics qualifying races. The Steamboat Springs Nordic Ski team won four events, Aspen posted two victories and skiers from the Grand Mesa, Summit, Crested Butte and Summit ski teams each produced a winner.

In boys’ races, Durango’s Tad Elliott won the 5-kilometer Junior 2 race in 20:02. Teammates Gino Pastore and Cully Brown earned first-place in the 1K, J5 and J6 race, respectively.

In the 3.5K girls J3 race, Durango’s Eric Casey and Jocelyn Leroux completed the course within 10 seconds of each other in a one-two finish. Casey was timed at 14:24 and Leroux scooted in at 14:34.

Elena Breed, Alicia Pastore and Kara Wright fashioned a one-two-three Durango sweep of the 3.5K J4 race. Breed had the fastest time of the three skiers, coming in at 15:49.

Pastore and Wright had times of 15:58 and 16:33, respectively.

Marty Smith of Steamboat won the high school boys 5K race in 19:38. Korie Stertz won the 5K Girls J1 and high school races.

Aspen skiers Cori Hach and Scott Lacy each won a race. Hach took the older junior girls 5K race in 26:33, and Lacy posted a 13:16 race-best in the boys J3, 3.5K distance.

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