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Nordic Skiing 2017 State Competition

By Rachel Bachman 02/28/2017
The grand finale! The Oysters headed to Steamboat Springs to compete in the CHSAA State Championships. A stroke of luck brought a blanket of new snow, refreshing winter and allowing us to temporarily forget the 60 degree days of the last few weeks. It was a wonderful getaway to celebrate the end of the season: cozy town home, good food, great racing.

The first event of the championship was a 5K individual start skate at the Steamboat Touring Center. The boys opened the event with strong performances; Levi Gavette '18 lead the Oysters in 27th, Sawyer Shook '20 in 31st, Will Swenson '18 in 37th and Ian Catto '18 in 45th.

On the women's side, Kate Oldham '20 had an outstanding performance with a second place finish. She reported her skis were outstanding on the climbs and she felt so strong that the big climb was almost effortless. It has been an outstanding freshman season for Kate and we are psyched to help her continue to chase her dreams at CRMS. The second finished for the women was Kaitlyn Young '20 in 36th, an outstanding accomplishment for her first season Nordic skiing.

Day two led the Oysters to Howelson Hill for a 5K mass start classic race. Cold temperatures and more new snow made for significantly easier classic waxing conditions than our last race; no Klister necessary! The course is notoriously tough with several stiff climbs followed by a screaming descent into the rodeo grounds for a double pole sprint to the finish. Skiers easily clocked spreads over 30mph, which is particularly exciting given they are on skinny skis without metal edges!

In the women's race, Kate Oldham season performances earned her a front row position in the mass start, allowing her a smooth entry to the lead pack going up the first climb. She held her position and skied an incredible race, finishing in fourth place. Kate's top five finishes earned her All State recognition for both techniques.

For the men, Levi Gavette raced his strongest race of the season, finishing in 19th place. Moving up in the pack required a tactical approach and true focus and determination. Close behind Levi, Ian Catto also had an outstanding performance, one of his strongest of the year, earning a 36th place finish. Sawyer Shook followed closely thereafter in 43rd, and Will Swenson finished 58th.

CRMS has the pleasure of training and competing with the local Roaring Fork School district ski team. As this school does not offer Nordic skiing, their athletes also compete as CRMS. Because of this partnership and the performances of their athletes, the Oysters were able to take the overall league win for both classic and skate on the women's side, and a third place title for skate on the men's side. This is a huge victory for CRMS and we look forward to continuing our mutual success.

It has been a truly wonderful and wildly successful season. We hope for a snowy winter and envision an equally impressive 2017-2018 season. Onward and upward!
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Home Blog Nordic Skiing 2017 State Competition

Nordic Skiing 2017 State Competition

By Rachel Bachman 02/28/2017
The grand finale! The Oysters headed to Steamboat Springs to compete in the CHSAA State Championships. A stroke of luck brought a blanket of new snow, refreshing winter and allowing us to temporarily forget the 60 degree days of the last few weeks. It was a wonderful getaway to celebrate the end of the season: cozy town home, good food, great racing.

The first event of the championship was a 5K individual start skate at the Steamboat Touring Center. The boys opened the event with strong performances; Levi Gavette '18 lead the Oysters in 27th, Sawyer Shook '20 in 31st, Will Swenson '18 in 37th and Ian Catto '18 in 45th.

On the women's side, Kate Oldham '20 had an outstanding performance with a second place finish. She reported her skis were outstanding on the climbs and she felt so strong that the big climb was almost effortless. It has been an outstanding freshman season for Kate and we are psyched to help her continue to chase her dreams at CRMS. The second finished for the women was Kaitlyn Young '20 in 36th, an outstanding accomplishment for her first season Nordic skiing.

Day two led the Oysters to Howelson Hill for a 5K mass start classic race. Cold temperatures and more new snow made for significantly easier classic waxing conditions than our last race; no Klister necessary! The course is notoriously tough with several stiff climbs followed by a screaming descent into the rodeo grounds for a double pole sprint to the finish. Skiers easily clocked spreads over 30mph, which is particularly exciting given they are on skinny skis without metal edges!

In the women's race, Kate Oldham season performances earned her a front row position in the mass start, allowing her a smooth entry to the lead pack going up the first climb. She held her position and skied an incredible race, finishing in fourth place. Kate's top five finishes earned her All State recognition for both techniques.

For the men, Levi Gavette raced his strongest race of the season, finishing in 19th place. Moving up in the pack required a tactical approach and true focus and determination. Close behind Levi, Ian Catto also had an outstanding performance, one of his strongest of the year, earning a 36th place finish. Sawyer Shook followed closely thereafter in 43rd, and Will Swenson finished 58th.

CRMS has the pleasure of training and competing with the local Roaring Fork School district ski team. As this school does not offer Nordic skiing, their athletes also compete as CRMS. Because of this partnership and the performances of their athletes, the Oysters were able to take the overall league win for both classic and skate on the women's side, and a third place title for skate on the men's side. This is a huge victory for CRMS and we look forward to continuing our mutual success.

It has been a truly wonderful and wildly successful season. We hope for a snowy winter and envision an equally impressive 2017-2018 season. Onward and upward!
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