There wasn’t much left for the competition after the Summit High School Tigers Nordic teams took to the courses at the state championships in Eldora Thursday and Friday. The team bagged 10 of 12 podium spots in four events, helping the girls combined alpine and Nordic team lay claim to another state title. The boys team took third.
“That Nordic team is unbelievable,” Summit alpine coach Karl Barth said of the strong performance.
In the two days of competition, Summit Nordic and alpine athletes combined to take top honors in five of eight total events — Nordic skate and classic, and alpine GS and slalom.
“We’re really excited,” junior Taeler McCrerey said of the win. She claimed the individual state title in both Nordic events, part of another dominating team performance by both the boys and girls.
“The Nordic team performed as well as we could have both days,” Summit senior Cameron Bobb said. Bobb swapped podium spots with teammate Henry Trowbridge in group skate and classic individual competitions. Bobb took first in skate and second in classic; Trowbridge claimed the top spot in classic and second in skate.
“Henry and I have been going back and forth all season,” Bobb said. Each won in his stronger discipline. “It’s been nice having that friendly competition to keep us going.”
The two were joined by teammate Joel Sawyer for a podium sweep in the skate competition.
“It was neat to sweep the podium with my two best friends,” Bobb said.
Summit’s Liam McDonnell almost completed another sweep in classic, finishing fifth, just 9 seconds out of third place. Sawyer was also in the mix, finishing seventh.
The girls team made a sweep of their own in classic, with Ruthie Boyd and Christa Gutzel finishing behind McCrerey.
Boyd joined McCrerey on the podium in skate with a second place finish. McCrerey applauded the team effort among the three girls in the group skate competition, saying the trio kept together through much of the race after a strong start.
“We were trying to work together,” she said.
Gutzel took seventh in skate.
As to the girls team state win, McCrerey said, “We definitely pulled it off, thanks to the alpine team.”
Summit’s Anne Parker led the way in alpine, finishing first in slalom and second in giant slalom just, 0.98 seconds behind GS winner Haley Frischholz of Battle Mountain.
Teammate Danielle Moulten looked like she was on her way to claiming the state GS title after a first run 46.18 time — faster than any boys or girls single run — but she missed a gate late in her second run and chalked up a “DNF.”
“Dani skied one turn short of a perfect weekend,” Barth said. “She just shot right by the gate.”
Moulten managed to come back strong on day two finishing fifth in slalom, 2.81 seconds behind Parker’s winning time of 1:32,02.
“Dani bounced back really nicely,” Barth said.
Summit’s Ellie Brown-Wolf also gave a strong performance in slalom, finishing 10th.
The boys alpine team was able to contribute three top-20 finishes on day one in GS — Jack Farrell and Brian Coleman took 12th and 13th, and Jack Bilenduke 16th — putting the boys alpine and Nordic team in first place after the first day of competition. But they were unable to maintain the lead on day two.
“We were pretty surprised we were in the lead after day one,” Barth said. “Slalom is always unpredictable. We couldn’t duplicate it. It was kind of a bummer to come short on the second day.”
First-year team member Slav Uglyar Ivanovich was the team’s highest finisher in slalom, taking 24th.
With the strong Nordic team performance, the Summit boys held onto third, just four points behind No. 2 Battle Mountain. Aspen took the state title in boys alpine and Nordic.
Eight Tigers closed the season with all-state honors in either Nordic or alpine — Taeler McCrerey, Ruthie Boyd, Christa Gutzel, Henry Trowbridge, Cameron Bobb, Anne Parker and Danielle Moulten. The Nordic teams claimed league champion honors in boys classic and skate (tied with Aspen) and girls classic.