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Oysters finish strong at Climbing League Regional Championships

Dave Meyer
Colorado Rocky Mountain School

With a long climbing season winding down, the Oysters of Colorado Rocky Mountain School continued their winning ways this past weekend.

The walls and boulders of CityROCK in Colorado Springs was the setting for the latest competition for CRMS.

All season long, high school climbers on the Western Slope have been working toward Regionals with an eye on qualifying for State Championships in Grand Junction. Despite the distance, more than 120 climbers from the Western Slope made the trek to compete in Colorado Springs.

The tall walls and steep boulders were challenging for the Western Slope crew, but the energy of all the competitors was strong. Perennial rivals Montrose High School, Gunnison High School and Ridgway High School provided a strong challenge to CRMS. Other competitors from Telluride, Aspen, Delta, Coal Ridge, Silverton, Battle Mountain and Vail pushed the level higher.

In the end Montrose made a strong statement about its future by winning both the boys and girls junior varsity competitions. However, the varsity was a different story.

CRMS' Colin Daniels had a decisive win for boys' varsity as he was followed in third place by Fynn Blake. Fellow CRMS climber Will Newton finished fourth, while Toby Meyer finished fifth.

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Marshall Graybill added a ninth place finish while Spijk Selby finished 10th to round out the CRMS scoring.

The girl's varsity also continued its strong performance all season with a win. Sarah Teague posted her best finish of the year taking third, while team captain Callie Rominger finished fifth. Anja Simpson finished right behind Rominger in sixth.

Both girls and boys look forward to a great finish to the season at State Finals on Saturday.