CHSAA State Ski Championships: Summit Tigers strong in day one
The Summit High School boys and girls Nordic and Alpine ski teams are looking like state champion contenders with one day in the books and one still to go in the 2015 CHSAA State Ski Championships at Keystone Resort and the Frisco Nordic Center.
The Tigers earned five podium spots on their home turf Thursday with the boys and girls Nordic teams leading the charge.
Summit freshman Ezra Smith claimed the first of what she hopes could be multiple state titles with a win in the Nordic individual skate race. Summit’s Henry Trowbridge took the top spot in the boys Nordic race. Trowbridge came in second in last year’s skate competition behind former teammate Cameron Bobb. He will look to defend his state title in classic Friday in an attempt to win both state titles in the same year.
Both Smith and Trowbridge credited the technical nature of their home course for their wins. They each won on almost the same course in their final regular-season race there earlier this month.
Smith ran the two-lap, roughly 3K course in 15 minutes, 22.5 seconds Thursday, holding onto a 17.6 second lead over Vail Mountain School’s Maddie Donovan, who finished second. Summit’s Ruthie Boyd finished third in 16:34.3.
Trowbridge won the boys’ race in 14:10.43 with a 15 second lead over Aspen’s Nick Sweeney. The Tigers’ Joel Sawyer finished third in 14:28.67.
Smith wasn’t the only freshman making noise during Thursday’s races. Summit’s Gisele Thompson was the highest finisher for the Tigers in giant slalom at Keystone. Thompson took third in her first attempt at state, just three-tenths of a second behind race winner Quincy Dollahan of Aspen.
Dollahan had a combined two-run time of 1:22.14, followed by Evergreen’s Brenna Hattler in 1:22.32. Thompson finished in 1:22.35. Her 40.79 second-run time was the fastest among all girls in both runs.
The Tigers’ McKenzie Hart was the next highest Summit finisher in fifth, followed by Dani Moulton and Ellie Brown-Wolf in seventh and eighth.
For the boys, Summit’s Jack Farrell (1:24.66) finished 10th with teammate Slave Uglyar Ivanov (1:24.89) in 11th. Battle Mountain’s Sands Simonton took the top spot in boys GS in 1:17.30, followed by teammate Quinton Cook (1:18.66).
Headed in to day two, the Summit girls team is in first place in the overall standings, ahead of Aspen, Evergreen and Battle Mountain.
The boys team is currently in second behind Battle Mountain and ahead of Evergreen and Aspen.
Team state championships are awarded to the combined results for Nordic and Alpine for both the boys and girls. The Summit girls are the defending state champions.
States conclude Friday with a 9:30 a.m. start for Alpine slalom on Keystone’s Richter slope — accessible from the chair at the Mountain House Base area — and a mass start classic Nordic Race on the Frisco penninsula at 4 p.m.
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