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Hartman wins girls race, beats boys too

ANDY FRAMEsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Reid Williams Team Summit racer Katie Hartman keeps her focus on the fall line Wednesday at Keystone Ski Resort during the Smartwool Downhill.

KEYSTONE – Not only was Team Summit’s Katie Hartman the best lady racer at the Smartwool Downhill race at Keystone on Wednesday, she was better than most of the guys, too. In fact, other than posting the best overall girls time of 1 minute, 14.33 seconds, Hartman, 16, maneuvered the steep Go Devil course faster than 67 of the 83 male skiers. Hartman, who lives in Breckenridge, has plenty of competition from the other girls. But she said she finds it fun to beat the guys, too. “I just always want to beat ’em,” Hartman said.

If she beats a few guys, which she usually does, she likes to let them know about it. “When I beat ’em, I always rub it in their face,” Hartman said. “They hate it, but it makes them go faster.”Team Summit coach Mike Meindl wasn’t surprised by Hartman’s success. “Katie has been skiing great all season,” Meindl said. “She has skied super smooth and super aggressive.” Other top Team Summit finishers on the girls side included Kirsten Cooper, whose time of 1:15.19 put her in fourth place, just five hundredths off the podium. Mary Hostetter took 11th overall, finishing in 1:16.35, and was second in the J3 age group (13-14). Memory Anderson (18th), Jessa Bardin (22nd), Kristina Krone (25th) and Chelsey Fretz (26th) also finished in the top 30.

In the guys race, Ian Mc-Knight was the star for Team Summit, finishing second overall despite an offseason injury that had nothing to do with skiing.In November, McKnight was playing football for the Durango Demons (he lives in Durango). As a sophomore tailback, he was just trying to prove himself in a crowded backfield. Then he suffered a season-ending knee injury.The injury kept McKnight off the field, but it also kept him off the slopes. It wasn’t until December that he put his skis on, in fact. But he’s back now with the knee intact, competing with the best youth racers in the state.McKnight said his injury has hurt his performance so far this year, but he will be back on the gridiron again next season. “If I get hurt, I get hurt,” McKnight said. “I’m not gonna hold back, and it’s too much fun to quit.”

Meindl doesn’t mind if Team Summit’s skiers play other sports, even the most physical ones.”These skiers are all great athletes,” Meindl said. “The more sports they play, the better off they are. If you play hard and are aggressive, things tend to work out all right.”McKnight, who clocked in with a time of 1:10.96, was only bested by one skier Wednesday. Steamboat’s Cory McConnell beat him by a second.”(McConnell) skis fast, but I’ve never seen him ski this fast,” Mc-Knight said. “He surprised me.”Team Summit had a few other skiers finish near the top. After McKnight, Tanner McDonald took fourth in 1:11.09, and missed getting the bronze by just a tenth of a second.

Tanner Bardin finished 12th in the 83-skier field, crossing the finish line in 1:12.83, while Josh Stuhr skied to 15th in 1:14.00.The skiers will do it again tomorrow in another downhill on the same course, starting at 10:30 a.m. Tomorrow’s race is the final race of the event. Skiers also competed in a pair of super-G’s Saturday and Sunday. Hartman’s win was the first victory for a Team Summit skier at Keystone this week. Andy Frame can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at aframe@summitdaily.com.

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