Brittany Perkins cruises to fourth individual title
GRANBY – These days, the only question surrounding Summit High School Nordic skiing standout Brittany Perkins is, “How much?”As in, how much time will there be between her and the runner-up at the state championship races.Friday, the answer was 1 minute, 21 seconds. It was an astonishing margin, exactly the sort that Colorado high school skiing followers have come to expect from the Breckenridge senior with the growing legend.Perkins won her fourth career individual title on a blustery, bitter day at Snow Mountain Ranch. It was her second championship in the classic discipline, and puts her in great shape to sweep the individual crowns for the second consecutive year.
She’ll get her chance in today’s freestyle race at 4 p.m. She is the two-time defending champ in that discipline.”I still kind of can’t believe it,” she said after winning the race in 20 minutes, 6 seconds. “To win four, it’s a lot for me.””It was scary, though,” she added. “I was worried about Briana the whole time.”That would be her younger sister and Friday’s runner-up, Briana Perkins. The sophomore finished in 21:27, improving on her fifth-place finish in last year’s state classic race.Despite her sensational record over the past three seasons, Brittany Perkins felt the weight of her favorite status Friday.
“I was really, really nervous,” she said. “I know I’ve been undefeated in the high school races (this season), but I still had doubt in my mind that someone could beat me.”She was probably the only one in Colorado who felt that way.Summit freshman HannaH Hausman took fifth (21:54) in her first high school state race, followed by sophomore Mackenzie Jones in sixth (21:58).Together with their alpine teammates, the Perkinses and Hausman (the top three finishers score points) put Summit’s girls in prime position to win their third consecutive team title.They were joined in the top 30 by Lauren Jefferson (14th), Leah Venturoni (16th), Shannon Sonnett (22nd), Morgan Major (26th) and Jenya Berino (28th).
Soller finishes second for SHS boysOn the boys side, Summit senior Kevin Soller took second, finishing 16 seconds back of Aspen’s newly crowned state classic champion, Noah Hoffman, who won in 17:35. It was the closest Soller has come to Hoffman this season, SHS coach Tom Sain said.Soller’s result led a surprisingly strong performance by the Tiger boys, and gave Summit at least some chance to unseat the Skiers as team champs today.SHS senior Patrick Neel returned from a few days’ rest and found his early season form in time to finish fourth (18:20), another top result for the quiet yet consistent speedster.
Freshman Tom Sawyer rounded out Summit’s scorers in sixth (18:29), followed by Tyler Reinking (ninth), Matt Bowers (12th), Alan Harrington (17th), Will Snead (24th), McCabe Jones (25th) and Zach Armstrong (29th).”The boys, who maybe were a little bit of an underdog going in, I was real happy with the way they raced,” Sain said. Sain and the rest of Summit’s coaches had to scramble throughout the day, reapplying the team’s glide wax base a number of times to keep up with the dropping temps and frigid conditions.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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