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Jones, Berino claim silver in Nederland

ADAM BOFFEYSummit Daily NewsSummit County, CO Colorado

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

NEDERLAND – Even Nordic skiing coaches have to send their athletes to the bench from time to time.Summit High School leader Gene Dayton had a good reason for pulling more than half of his team out of the two final meets of the season – he thought it would help the Tigers win a pair of state championships.”I think it will help their training,” Dayton said after bringing just six skiers to the Eldora Nordic Center on Tuesday. “It’s part of our peaking strategy.”SHS’ top racers also have a busy club racing schedule coming up as they will attempt to qualify for the season-ending Junior Olympics in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Tigers were less than half-strength at Tuesday’s skate race, but it didn’t prevent them from posting impressive results.McCabe Jones and Jenya Berino, both finished second in the boys and girls races, respectively.”I’m ecstatic about how Jones (17 minutes, 50 seconds) and Berino (21:26) did,” Dayton said. “It was the best finish of their high school careers.”Jones was followed on the third-place boys team by Richard Hayes (sixth place, 18:13), Duncan Koehn (16th, 19:30) and Andy Arrance (30th, 21:20).

Alison Rowley finished 18th (25:07) for the fifth-place Lady Tigers and qualified for state on the last day possible.Athletes must finish in the top 45% at a single race in each discipline to qualify for the state meet and qualifying in only one discipline is permissible.The Tigers have two weeks to prepare for the state showdown at Steamboat Springs. In addition to having strong postseason contenders in both boys and girls alpine and Nordic skiing, SHS will have two representatives in the ski meister category – Jones and Berino.

“It’s a combination of both disciplines,” Dayton explained. “Summit hasn’t had anyone compete in the ski meister in at least five years.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.