Team Breck sends 7 skiers to J3 championships |

Team Breck sends 7 skiers to J3 championships

Katy Harris of Team Breckenridge carves through the course at the USSA/RMD J3 Junior Championship qualifier. She finished on three podiums and won two giant slalom races.

Putting together a run that her coach called “competitive with the best J3s in the country,” local skier Katy Harris took home two wins in giant slalom and two other top-five finishes in the Rocky Mountain Division Junior Championship qualifier in Winter Park last week.

With the strong finishes, Harris was one of seven J3-level skiers (ages 13-14) from Team Breckenridge Sports Club to earn spots on the Rocky Mountain Division Team.

All of the athletes will represent the RMD in next week’s J3 Rocky-Central Regional Championships in Aspen. The event starts on Sunday and runs through March 12 with downhill, super-G, slalom and giant slalom events.

“(Our) athletes rose to the competition and competed at a high level,” coach Olin Armstrong said of the skiers’ performances in qualifying last week. “It is unusual to have so many athletes ‘peak’ at a big event like this. I was extremely impressed and very happy with our entire team.”

Harris and teammate Kaitlynn Socket dominated the girls’ portion of the RMD qualifier. Harris won both GS titles, beating out Socket in the second (she was the runner-up), and the two combined for four podium finishes.

Harris wound up first in the overall RMD standings. Socket was fourth.

“Having Kaitlynn and Katy on the podium was certainly a highlight of the weekend,” Armstrong said.

Also on the girls’ side, Eleanor Brown-Wolf and Danielle Moulton joined Harris and Socket in making the RMD team.

Patrick Gruber, Drew Lazar and John Moore made the team on the boys’ side.

“Almost every athlete had a personal best this weekend,” Armstrong said. “Some based on results and others based on technical or tactical goals and movements.”

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