Summit ski teams sweep state titles
February 23, 2008
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” The name Summit High School has been synonymous with skiing excellence for more than 30 years.
The Tigers’ dynasty grew Friday in Steamboat when the boys and girls teams both captured state titles.
It was the girls’ fifth consecutive title and the boys’ third in five years. (The combined program has won 36 titles in school history).
“You need to be disciplined and work hard to win a championship,” said SHS alpine coach Tory Hauser by phone on Friday. “First is first and second (stinks) ” you’ve got to learn that.”
Summit was led by Briana Perkins and Zach Fretz.
Perkins won the Nordic classic race and Fretz won the alpine giant slalom a day after they were victorious in the freestyle and slalom races, respectively.
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“I told Briana she had us worried,” Tigers Nordic coach Gene Dayton said. “And she responded by saying, ‘It was more exciting that way.'”
Perkins jumped out to a quick lead and then was drafted by Vail’s Karlie Moore for most of the race.
“Often times racers that draft for a while can step out to the side and brush by the leader,” Dayton said. “Moore tried to out double-pole (Perkins) in the last 100 meters, but Briana didn’t let that happen.”
The senior standout, who will graduate with four individual titles (two from last year), ultimately won by a single second.
Perkins was joined by fellow Summit scorers Mackenzie Jones (eighth) and Julia Hayes (12th), who helped the Lady Tigers amass 643 points ahead of Aspen (624) and Steamboat (618).
The Lady Tigers held up their end of things in the GS with Erin Breslin claiming third for the second-straight day. Chelsey Fretz took eighth and Laurel Broten was ninth.
On the boys alpine side, Fretz was followed by Drew Beling in second and Andrew Otto in 10th.
“He’s Fretz,” Hauser said when asked to sum up the senior’s performance over the two days. “He was relaxed and didn’t make it too hard on himself.”
Fretz held a 1-second lead over Beling after the first run, which many racers botched.
“It was a brutal course,” Hauser said. “The blowout rate on the first run was about 50 percent. There were kids getting too much air and getting injured.”
Hauser was naturally concerned by his team’s number of falls, so he gave specific instructions to Beling, who sat in second after the first run.
“I told him not to go for the win because we really needed him to finish (to ensure team points),” Hauser said. “He said, ‘OK coach.'”
Nordic skiers Tyler Reinking (fourth), Alan Harrington (10th) and Richard Hayes (15th) chipped in for SHS, which finished with 650 points ahead of Vail Mountain School (616) and Steamboat (603).
Reinking missed out on the podium because he fell, like many of the other racers in the field.
“It was extremely difficult,” Dayton said. “The race didn’t start until the sun was gone from the course and it changed from soft snow to ice in a matter of minutes.”
Notes: Summit’s Jenya Berino and McCabe Jones both took fifth as the Tigers’ first Ski Meister competitors in several years. Ski Meisters must ski all four disciplines: Nordic skate and classic as well as alpine slalom and giant slalom … Both Dayton and Hauser have officially stepped down from their positions.
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