Boys, girls alpiners take second at Copper
COPPER MOUNTAIN – Coach Tory Hauser was pleased with the Summit High School alpine team’s performance in Friday’s giant slalom at Copper Mountain, even though the Tigers were unable to top the podium.The boys team (164 total points) finished second behind Steamboat Springs (171), while the girls team (160) was the runner-up behind Battle Mountain (164).”It was a pretty good showing,” Hauser said. “We had a lot of kids who haven’t qualified for state before, qualify, and saw some pretty solid first runs. So overall it was a good first meet.”Three hundred skiers participated in the opening high school meet. Colorado Rocky Mountain’s Fred Norquist was the top male finisher with a total time of 1 minute, 8.56 seconds and Steamboat’s Jenny Allen won the girls race in 1:10.35.Chelsey Fretz was the fastest girl for SHS finishing fourth overall with a time of 1:13.82, while Erin Breslin (fifth) nipped at her heels (1:13.84).”The girls did what I thought they would, except that we had three girls fall,” Hauser said. “It was good for them to be out there and get some time on the hill.”Fretz wasn’t expecting much of herself Friday. The SHS senior thought she put together a lousy first run and said she was surprised when she found out her final standing.”I felt like nothing was good about my first run,” Fretz said. “But I saw that I was in second place – that was awesome. It was a lot of fun out here. It was my first race (of the season) and I haven’t skied too much this year yet.”Summit’s Brian Joyce (fourth, 1:11.24), Zach Wade (fifth, 1:11.98) and Kevin Coleman (10th, 1:14.01) all were a bright spot for the boys team. Coleman was happy to be competing again.”It felt good to get back on snow,” Coleman said. “It’s nice to get your rhythm back. My first run felt solid and on my second run, picked up the tempo a little bit. I think it’s a good start.”Coleman said he thought the team’s success on Friday had a lot to due with Hauser’s preseason training regimen.”It really make you focus,” he said. “We’ve been doing dryland training since November and when the snow hit, we were hiking up the hill at night and I think that helped us a lot. If you hike up for 10 minutes, you want to make that run worth it.”The SHS alpiners will return to the gates with a slalom at Beaver Creek on Jan. 11.Josh Salerno can be contacted at (970) 668-4633, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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