Black leads Summit High School Alpine team to impressive finish
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Summit County, Co Colorado
With his fourth win in as many races this season, senior Hunter Black led the Summit High boys’ Alpine team to a second-place finish at Beaver Creek on Friday.
“It was a long course with a lot of difficult terrain,” SHS head coach David Ellena said.
Along with the solid performance from the boys, the girls’ team also had a strong day, coming in fourth place.
Hannah Price, Memry Anderson and Meigan Canfield finished 16-18th,
“The boys skied really well. The girls could have done a bit better, but it was a good day, overall,” Ellena said.
With two fast runs, Black won the race by a staggering 3.5 seconds.
“He’s just skiing really well,” Ellena said of his star senior. “He can just put two runs together like no one else can out there. A lot of the kids can have one really good run, but Hunter does it twice every time he’s out there.”
Doug McIsaac was the next finisher for the boys’ squad, coming in eighth. Ian Parker and Jeff Goldstein came in 18th and 30th, respectively.
Middle Park took the top spot on both the boys’ and girls’ sides of the field.
Friday marked the Tigers’ final race before the state meet Feb. 19-20 at Ski Cooper.
With one last shot to qualify for state, the Tigers added three more girls to it’s state roster. Lizzy Shea, Katherine Werckman and Genevieve Trucky all earned state-qualifying times on the day.
The Tigers now have had an astounding 24 of their 32 skiers qualify for the season finale.
“It’s great,” Ellena said of having so many state competitors.
Both Tiger squads will go to Ski Cooper as the defending Colorado state champions. The girls’ team will be looking for its sixth straight title.
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