For first-year cycling/sports program Get Out! Durango, the firsts just keep on coming.
In its second competition this season in the 2010 Mountain States Cup, the new sports team members "saw their share of firsts - both on and off the podium," according to a news release to The Durango Herald.
"It was a defining weekend of personal firsts for our athletes," Get Out! coach Kricket Lewis said. "Patience and smarts prevailed under pressure, everyone learned a lot, and we all had a great time."
Created in April, the program's mission statement is providing focused athletic training for U23 athletes to meet their individual goals. The team's first month of training has consisted of mountain biking, trail running and road cycling, as well as sports conditioning, team core training and spin classes at Durango's Core Value Fitness.
The organization plans to add BMX, kayaking and triathlon disciplines as well.
Last weekend in Nathrop at the Chalk Creek Stampede, Get Out! Durango scored four first-place finishers: Haakon Sigurslid (two), Lars Ellefson and Avra Saslow.
Sigurslid swept Friday's cross country and Saturday's short track races. He finished first in the 15-18 Cat 2 XC and first in the same category in the short track.
"He ran the (cross country) race he had planned, and it worked out great for him," Lewis said.
Ellefson "raced with patience and smarts to pull away on the last lap and take the win for the 19-29 men" in the short track, Lewis said.
Saslow won the U18 women's Super D, and Lewis called the 12-year-old's third-place finish in her first 15-18 women's Cat 2 cross country race "the biggest first of the weekend."
Saslow's third was bracketed by a second-place finish from Emily Schaldach and a fourth-place finish from Elyse Massone. All three cyclists were within two minutes of each other.
In another first, Kaila Hart raced her first women's 19-29 Cat 1 XC, "and when the going got tough, she didn't give up," Lewis said. Hart finished in the top 10 "and scored a personal victory for perseverance."
Elliott Saslow earned a top-10 finish in his first 15-18 Cat 1 XC race, and Ellefson, according to the release, was leading by two laps before colliding with a lapped rider, causing an equipment mishap that landed him off the podium but still in the top 10.
Elliott Saslow finished second in Saturday's Super D.
For complete times and results for the Chalk Creek Stampede, go to www.racemsc.com.