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Tiger tracks: Varsity, freshman girls Summit High mountain bikers shine at home to open season

More than 1,100 high-school aged mountain bikers from across the state descended on Frisco's Peninsula Recreation Area Friday through Sunday for the Frisco Bay Invitational, the opening event of the 2018 Colorado High School Cycling League season.

Riding on their home county trails, 26 Summit High student-athletes, two from The Peak School and one one from South Park High School competed for the Summit Tigers high-school aged team in varsity, junior varsity, sophomore and freshman races. Depending on the event, the races spanned four laps, three laps or two laps.

Saturday's North Conference action and Sunday's South Conference action took place on a 6-mile, 600-feet elevation-gain course — complete with a 6.3-mile first lap — at the Frisco Adventure Park and its neighboring U.S. Forest Service peninsula trail system.

The Tigers earned fourth place out of six teams in the North Conference Division 1 competition across all three racing levels. Summit totaled 6,641 points via the team's top 15 riders, from the varsity through freshman level races. Boulder won the North Conference Division 1 competition with 7,724 total points followed by Fairview (7,227), Golden (7,220), Summit, Steamboat (6,098) and East (5,337).

The event is scored by adding up the top15 point-earners for each team, selecting riders from boys and girls races across the varsity through freshman categories. A higher finish at at a higher-level race, such as a varsity win compared to a freshman win, also equates to more points for each specific school.

In the three-lap varsity girls race, the Tigers were led by sisters Tai-Lee Smith, a sophomore, and Jazlyn Smith, a senior. The duo earned the team more than 1,000 points combined thanks to their fourth- and sixth-place finishes, respectively, in the 28-rider North Conference varsity girls event. Tai-Lee completed the course in one hour, 24 minutes and 45.31 seconds while her sister crossed the finish line in 1:30:40.93.

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Summit also received 1,371 more points via the varsity girls race from 15th-place finisher Opal Koning, a junior, 17th-place finisher Elsa Bates, also a junior, and 21st-place finisher and senior Grace Karoly.

In total, the Tigers earned nearly a third of its overall point total from the varsity girls race. Summit did not have a rider compete in the varsity boys field.

The sole race winner for the Tigers on Saturday was freshman rider Victoria Uglyar. Though she competed at the two-lap freshman girls level, Uglyar contributed the third-most points, 500, to the Tigers on Saturday with her first-place victory in the 47-rider North Conference freshman girls race.

Uglyar completed the course in 1:04:57.02, which was more than 40 seconds ahead of runner-up Keira Bond of Fairview. Summit female freshman riders Marin Ward (8th), Samantha Hessel (11th) and Abby Anderson (24th) also combined their strong showings in the race to contribute 1,213 points to Summit's overall cause.

In the three-lap JV boys race, Summit High junior Finn Remias and freshman Lasse Konecny finished in the top-10 of the 162-rider competition.

Remias' time of 1:22:13.7 earned the team 481 points while Konecny's time of 1:23:11.7 secured the team 474 points. Summit junior Max Bonenberger and Ryan Adis also finished in the top 25 of the JV boys race, combining for 825 points to the overall team score.

Colorado High School Cycling League North Conference action continues next at the Showdown in the Boat in Steamboat Springs on Sept. 9. Then on Sept. 23 the Tigers will travel to the Granby Ranch Roundup and on Oct. 7 they'll compete at the Haymaker Classic in Eagle.

The Colorado High School Cycling League season will conclude with the qualification-only state championship down in Durango on Oct. 20-21.

Colorado High School Cycling League

2018 Frisco Bay Invitational

Top Summit Tigers riders

Race category

Place Name Grade Time

Varsity girls

4. Tai Lee Smith 10 1:24:45.31

6. Jazlyn Smith 12 1:30:40.9

15. Opal Koning 11 1:35:41.7

17. Elsa Bates 11 1:37:23.3

21. Gracy Karoly 12 1:39:37.7

JV boys

8. Finn Remias 11 1:22:13.7

9. Lasse Konecny 9 1:23:11.7

17. Max Bonenberger 11 1:24:27.1

22. Ryan Adis 12 1:25:00.6

49. Caleb White 11 1:32:42.2

JV girls

29. Barrett Wagenseil 11 1:42:47.8

Freshman girls

1. Victoria Uglyar 9 1:04:57

8. Marin Ward 9 1:11:14.2

11. Samantha Hessel 9 1:12:04.2

24. Abby Anderson 9 1:22:31.3