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Huskies Nordic ski teams win both boy’s and girl’s season openers at Steamboat

 Inaugural Vail Nordic 5K Citizens Race kicks off four-race Vail Grail series after high school race Saturday

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January 15, 2018, 11:48 am

Battle Mountain High School’s Nordic ski teams both won the opening meets of the 2018 season in Steamboat Spring Saturday.

“What a way to start the year,” assistant Nordic coach Innes Isom said. “Great start yesterday in Steamboat Springs. We had 43 skiers on the bus, both girls and boys won the overall, BMHS took the top spots in both races, the boys qualified 14 for the state meet, and the girls qualified 13. Great stuff!”

battle mountain high school logoHuskies standout senior Nick Apps won the boy’s race by 28 seconds over second-place Wyatt Mortenson of Steamboat Springs, and Huskies junior Lizzy Harding edged her sister Naomi Harding by 18 seconds to win the girl’s race.

Both Hardings are national standout cross-country runners in the fall and clearly are rolling that success over into ski season.

Apps turned in a 5K time of 16 minutes, 22 seconds in the individual start classic race, and Lizzy Harding won with a time of 19:03.

The Battle Mountain girls claimed seven of the top 15 slots and qualified 13 athletes for the state meet in the classic division — which means all poling and kick and glide skiing, with no skating involved.

The boys placed three in the top five, including Conner McCabe in third and David Reilly in fifth.

In total, 14 Huskies’ boys qualified for the state meet in classic, which will be held Feb. 22 at Ski Cooper.

For complete results of the Steamboat Classic, click here (pdf).

Next up, the Huskies host their home meet Saturday, Jan. 20 — a mass start skate race at the Vail Nordic Center that includes a middle school race and is followed by a citizen’s race. All high school and middle school competitors and spectators must park at Vail Mountain School and take shuttles to the Vail Nordic Center in order to maintain public parking.

Here’s the schedule:

High School Boys:     9:45 am        5 Km

High School Girls:     10:30 am       5 Km

Middle School Boys:   11:15 am      3 Km

Middle School Girls:   11:30 am      3 Km

(Citizens Race to follow at 12:00 pm – 5Km)

Here’s the information on the citizen’s race from the Vail Recreation District:

VAIL NORDIC 5K CITIZENS RACE
SATURDAY, JAN. 20 | NOON | VAIL NORDIC CENTER

RACE DETAILS

Join us for the first event in the 2018 Vail Grail winter race series! The inaugural Vail Nordic 5K Citizens Race kicks off the four-race series on Jan. 20. This Nordic skate race takes place at noon at the Vail Nordic Center, immediately following the Battle Mountain High School Nordic race that starts at 9:45 a.m.
 
PARKING

Free parking will be available at the Vail Nordic Center, located at 1775 Sunburst Drive in Vail. Parents and spectators of the Battle Mountain High School Nordic race are asked to please park at Vail Mountain School, where a shuttle will be available to the Vail Nordic Center. This will help prevent parking overflow at the Nordic Center.

REGISTRATION

Cost:   Adults $25 preregistration (ends at 5 p.m. Friday)
Adults $35 day-of registration (ends at 11:45 a.m. Saturday)
           Students $15 preregistration (ends at 5 p.m. Friday)
           Students $25 day-of registration (ends at 11:45 a.m. Saturday)
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Call 970-479-2280 or email sports@vailrec.com.
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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent, Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

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