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Hartman wins rutted high school GS at Aspen

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ASPEN ” Summit High School junior Katie Hartman won her first high school race of the season on Friday, leading the Tigers alpine team in a one-run giant slalom at Aspen Highlands.

Hartman “didn’t ski her best,” SHS coach Tory Hauser said, but still won by .42 seconds on a rutted, turny course that was greatly affected by nearly five feet of snow Aspen received in the week leading up to the race.

“She’s capable of so much more,” Hauser said of Hartman, the defending state champion in slalom and runner-up in GS. Hartman nearly did the splits halfway down the course, but rebounded nicely to get the win.

According to Hauser, a nonstop race schedule before Friday’s run put all of Summit’s skiers behind the eight ball.

“The kids were exhausted from the week at Keystone (many had skied for six straight days in the Smartwool Series downhill and super-G), and it showed,” he said.

Senior Shelly Miller continued her great season thus far, taking fourth for the Tigers. It was her third straight top-four finish. Freshman Laurel Broten took 16th, while Riley Gage (23rd), Chelsey Fretz (33rd) and Jenna Sheely (38th) joined her in the top 40.

On the boys side, senior Josh Stuhr grabbed second place coming off his win last week at Winter Park. He finished 1.62 seconds back of Vail Mountain School’s Max Avery.

Sophomore Tanner Bardin qualified for the state GS in ninth place, while Jason Chrobak (21st), Drew Hauser (22nd), Zach Fretz (25th), Fletcher McDonald (27th) and Andrew Otto (40th) all cracked the top 40.

Hauser and McDonald’s performances were particularly impressive, considering they started in the 13th and 16th seed positions, respectively. The course had gotten quite ugly by that time.

Summit next competes at Loveland for a GS on Friday morning.

Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.

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