Webster earns fifth place at state ski championships
Colorado Rocky Mountain School sophomore Ryan Webster led nine CRMS skiers with a fifth-place finish in the Colorado high school state ski championships Friday and Saturday in Summit County. Webster finished fifth among 62 finishers in the boys giant slalom. Fred Norquist, a freshman from Carbondale, finished 22nd in the same event.On the girls side, junior Nikola Kerkhoff was 16th after the first run in the giant slalom, which, according to CRMS alpine coach Caroline Damon, was “way, way above anything she has ever done before.” But Kerkhoff didn’t complete her second run.”In slalom Fred (Norquist) finished 15th – a great result,” Damon said.Ethan McVoy also raced in the slalom, but caught his tips on the gates, according to Damon, and didn’t complete the race. Still, she was pleased with his performance.”Ethan is taking risks in his skiing that are necessary to move to the next level,” Damon said.Among the CRMS Nordic skiers, senior Elissa Rodman was a standout. The former competitive snowboarder finished seventh among females in the classic event, and 14th among the skate-style women. Also competing in the classic event were CRMS skiers Julia Hedman (28th), Gretchen Grebe (32nd) and Halley Keating (42nd). In skate skiing, Hedman took 26th.The only male CRMS Nordic skier to reach states was junior Paul Distefano, who finished 28th in the classic event.Aspen pulled off a mild upset over Summit for the boys team title, but Summit took honors on the girls side. CRMS finished 12th in the boys and 11th in the girls in the team race.
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