SHS boys must settle for silver
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Summit County, CO Colorado
VAIL ” When you’re expecting to be the top dog in ski racing, a secondary spot on the podium is of little consolation.
After the Summit High School boys ski team finished second to Aspen by five points at the Colorado state ski championships Friday, the Tigers weren’t celebrating their silver.
“When you’re capable of winning, second is not a good result,” Summit alpine coach Tory Hauser said in a phone interview. “I’m on the bus right now and it’s dead quiet. … There were so many variables, so many little things that could have made up the five points.”
The Skiers finished with 653 points, Summit amassed 648 and Middle Park was a distant third with 558.
“We did OK, but compared to yesterday, of course it was a big letdown,” Hauser said in reference to the Tigers’ giant slalom podium sweep.
Fletcher McDonald was Summit’s most successful skier for the second straight day ” he won Thursday’s giant slalom and took third in Friday’s slalom.
He was followed on Friday by Brannan Sheely (seventh) and Hunter Black (18th). Aspen’s Wiley Maple was Friday’s winner and Ramsey Bernard of Steamboat was the runner-up.
“It was a rough day,” Hauser said. “A bunch of our guys fell. Thank God we had a lot of people, because we needed them.”
Tyler Reinking finished seventh in the Nordic freestyle race to lead the Tigers for the second consecutive day.
Like scoring teammates Tom Sawyer (11th) and Richard Hayes (16th), Reinking had very little warm up time prior to Friday’s race.
Thanks to a police escort over the closed Vail Pass, the Tigers just made it to an already delayed event. The lack of preparation time was detrimental to Summit, according to its Nordic coach, Gene Dayton.
“It’s a big disadvantage when you can’t warm up,” he said. “We want (our athletes) to be hot when they start a race, almost lathered up. There were wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour out there.”
Aspen swept Friday’s Nordic podium in the same order it did on Thursday ” Noah Hoffman was followed by Scott Lacy and Ryan Waldron.
Dayton, who clearly shared Hauser’s disappointment with finishing second, paid his respects to Friday’s winner.
“Aspen is a righteous competitor,” he said. “We may put thousands of dollars into our program, but they put millions. … They have cross country trails right outside the doors of their high school. They’ve developed a strong program over decades and it’s paid off.”
Summit’s Nordic team received two prestigious honors at Friday’s awards ceremony ” McDonald was voted male alpine skier of the year and Hauser was voted alpine coach of the year.
Watch for a full recap of all the Tigers’ honors in the Summit Daily this week.
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