Anomaly Guras leads girls alpine
Alex Guras has put a rare twist on the term multi-sport athlete: As the only member of both the Tigers cheer team and alpine ski team, the junior is a rarity at Summit High School.Last fall, Guras was somersaulting through the air and throwing back flips at Summit High football games. This weekend at Winter Park, she will lead a strong SHS girls alpine squad as it vies for its third consecutive state title. According to Guras, being on both Tigers teams often makes for an interesting dichotomy.”It’s weird going from a team that’s not considered one of the best to one of the best teams in the school,” she said. “Cheerleaders don’t get a lot of respect but the skiers do because we’ve won a bunch of championships.”
Guras was the captain of the young cheer squad last fall.”The cheer team has had some turmoil in recent years,” first-year cheer coach Amy MacDonald said. “Alex did a great job of bringing the other girls together and being a role model for them.”Guras has been involved with gymnastics since she was a 4-year-old, and credits that background for both her cheerleading and skiing abilities. Leaving her fellow cheerleaders each season is not always easy, she said. “A lot of cheerleaders don’t like it, they think I’m ditching them,” she said. “But I’ve been skiing all my life so I choose it over gymnastics, most of the time.”
For now, Guras has focused her leadership abilities on her beloved snowsport. After winning the final two high school races of the season, a giant slalom at Aspen and a slalom at Vail, she is a favorite to win an individual title going into her first state meet. (She didn’t race for the Tigers last season and was in Europe during the state meet her freshman year.)”I am really excited,” she said. “There’s a lot of pressure because I know our girls Nordic team will be one, two, and three. We’re (the alpine team) trying to put at least two girls in the top five so we can hold up our side of things.”Guras will be skiing as the top seed for both the GS and slalom teams. She was a strong candidate for the top spot after finishing in the top five in all but one of Summit’s races this season. In addition, she was one of just two Tigers to qualify for state in all six races (Drew Hauser was the other).The Lady Tigers have some health concerns as they head into the state meet. Two of their top racers are question marks, Summit coach Tory Hauser said.
Chelsey Fretz (seventh in last year’s state GS race) is recovering from a recent concussion and Riley Gage (11th in ’05 state GS) is “sick as a dog,” he said.Following Guras in Friday’s GS, in order of seeding, will be Laurel Broten, Erin Breslin, Athena Brownson, Chelsey Fretz and Leah Canfield. The slalom team will be Guras, Brownson, Breslin, Riley Gage, Canfield and Broten. Sidney Schwab, Courtney Krause and Genevieve Truckey round out the Lady Tigers’ state teams, though only the top six seeds can score points for Summit.”It’s going to come down to us and Steamboat on the girls side,” Hauser said. “But we’re not going to have enough depth to take a huge lead on them.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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