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Team Summit’s RJ McLennen named CHSAA state GS champ, plus more ski state results

RJ McLennen brings home state GS title for Team Summit

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — There's no better place to finish the high school ski season than on top of the world.

On Feb. 23, Team Summit skier RJ McLennen — one of the strongest athletes on the Evergreen High School ski team — blew away a field of Colorado's top giant slalom specialists to win the 2017 GS state title. He was also named to the elite, five-person boys All-State GS team. His performance on the course in Steamboat Springs helped propel his team to the state GS title ahead of Vail Mountain School in second and Steamboat Springs in third.

McLennen wraps up the ski season with the USSA U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine, from March 25-28.

2017 CHSAA State Ski Championships | Steamboat Springs, Feb. 23-24

The annual alpine and Nordic ski championships for all high school teams in Colorado, hosted by Colorado High School Activities Association at Steamboat Springs from Feb. 23-24. Alpine events were held on the slalom and giant slalom course at Mount Werner, while Nordic events were held at the storied tracks at Howelson Hill Touring Center. Both events drew more than 400 athletes from 14 schools across the state, including skiers with Summit High School, Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley, Vail Mountain School and more.

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Below are top results from the state championship banquet. Points from all races determine overall team scores this season. For complete results, see the skiing section at CHSAAnow.com.

Team overall ski champions, boys (points)

1. Vail Mountain School, 671

2. Battle Mountain High School, 577

3. Aspen High School, 567

4. SUMMIT HIGH SCHOOL, 560

5. Steamboat Springs High School, 540

Team overall ski champions, girls (points)

1. Vail Mountain School, 610

2. Battle Mountain High School, 606

3. Aspen High School, 604

4. Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 507

5. Summit High School, 500

Team Nordic classic winners, boys

1. Vail Mountain School

2. SUMMIT HIGH SCHOOL

3. Middle Park High School

Team Nordic classic winners, girls

1. Colorado Rocky Mountain School

2. Vail Mountain School

3. SUMMIT HIGH SCHOOL

Team Nordic skate winners, boys

1. Battle Mountain High School

2. Middle Park High School

3. Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Team Nordic skate winners, girls

1. Colorado Rocky Mountain School

2. Battle Mountain High School

3. Eagle Valley High School

Team slalom winners, boys

1. Evergreen High School

2. Platte Canyon High School

3. Steamboat Springs High School

Team slalom winners, girls

1. Aspen High School

2. Evergreen High School

3. Battle Mountain High School

Team GS winners, boys

1. Evergreen High School

2. Vail Mountain School

3. Steamboat Springs High School

Team GS winners, girls

1. Aspen High School

2. Battle Mountain High School

3. Evergreen High School

Summit native Taeler McCrerey wins 1st NCAA Nordic freestyle title in Minturn

MINTURN, Colo. — The University of Denver Nordic ski team dominated the final day of competition at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships at Maloit Park in Minturn, Colorado, this past weekend, winning both the men's and women's freestyle events.

DU sophomore Taeler McCrerey, a Summit County native and Summit Nordic Ski Club alum, earned her first NCAA title in the women's event. At just 20 years old, she's earned an individual title and the 2016 NCAA national championship with the Pioneers Nordic team.

"Today was a picture-perfect day for ski racing here in Vail and we had an awesome day as a team," DU head coach Dave Stewart said. "This was our best day of the season at a time when we are looking for our athletes to achieve their best performances."

In an exhilarating race that saw two Pioneers take the lead in the final lap, McCrerey claimed the first win of her career with a time of 46:17.5. Teammate Linn Eriksen stayed with McCrerey the whole race, coming in just behind her with a time of 46:18.1, followed by another DU skier, Sylvia Nordskar, who claimed seventh to put three Pioneers in the top-10.

"Taeler won her first collegiate race of her career with her roommate Linn Eriksen right next to her in second," Stewart said. "Sylvia had her best race of the year by far in seventh, and these three ladies skied a really intelligent race, holding back early taking over the lead at the right time and then pushing the pace at the end."

McCrerey and the Pioneers next travel to Cannon Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire, and Jackson Ski Touring Center in Jackson, New Hampshire, for the 2017 NCAA national championships from March 8-11.

Summit PeeWee A hockey falls in league championships to Aspen, 1-2

And to think: These boys hadn't lost to Aspen all season.

From Feb. 24-26, the Summit Youth Hockey PeeWee A team (ages 12 and under) traveled to Aspen for the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League Championship against three league teams: Aspen, Steamboat and West Elk. Summit entered the championship ranked No. 1 with a 15-4-1 league record.

The Summit team lost its first game of the double-elimination tourney to Aspen, 1-2 in overtime, and then had to claw back into title contention with wins against West Elk, 3-2, and Steamboat Springs, 3-1, on Feb. 25. The boys won a double-OT heart-stopper against Aspen, 4-3, to force a third matchup in the championship game. Both teams played hard — much better than the opening-night loss — but Summit again came out on the short end of a close match.

"It just had to be Aspen," Arbuthnot said. "They played really, really well in that game. They knocked off Steamboat — we played them tight — and there were close games through the entire tournament."

The Summit PeeWee A's next head to the opening rounds of the state tournament this weekend, where they'll complete in the upper division. Summit opens round-robin play on March 4 against Littleton, followed by Colorado Springs. The winner of pool play advances to sudden-death semifinals on March 11. The state title game is set to take place at the Pepsi Center on March 12.

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