Hayes, McCrerey lead Nordic team
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In the team’s last skate race of the season, the Summit High Nordic squad demonstrated why it will certainly be one of the favorites to claim top honors at the State Meet in two weeks.
With three top-10 finishes, the Tiger boys edged out host Steamboat Springs by a 165-162 margin Thursday. The girls’ squad had two top-10 finishes of its own and wound up only four points out of first place in a tie for third.
Sophomore Tucker McCrerey was the top finisher on the boys’ side, claiming second place – behind Steamboat’s Erik Lynch – with a time of 16 minutes, 21 seconds. McCrerey finished a full 33 seconds ahead of the third-place racer.
On the girls’ side, it was junior Julia Hayes leading the Tigers. Hayes also wound up in second place, finishing the 5k in 26:42.
SHS head coach Hannah Taylor was not only excited with her team’s performance Thursday but also with the Tigers’ skiing over the course of the winter.
“I’m really pleased with the way the team progressed over the course of the season, especially the new skiers,” Taylor said.
With a young team filled mostly with underclassmen, the boys certainly showed some of that progression on Thursday.
After McCrerey, both Quinton Bobb (sixth) and Jackson Hill (10th) finished in the top-10.
Sam Piehl (12th), Troy Meeker (14th), Emmett Bailey (32nd), Wade Rosko (34th) and Danny Cuadrado (49th) also had impressive finishes for Summit.
Bailey Jefferson (eighth) was the other Summit girl earning a top-10 placing.
Sophie Ferguson finished 19th, and Emily Patterson, Miikka Wickman and Robyn Kresge finished 21-23, respectively, for Summit.
Also competing were Kailey Lockwood (27th) and McKenzie Raley (28th).
With the conclusion of the meet, Summit wrapped up its state qualifying for the skate competition. McCrerey, Hill, Piehl, Meeker, Bailey and Duncan Koehn all earned their spots in the boys’ draw, while Hayes, Jefferson and Bailey qualified for the girls.
To close out the regular season, Summit has a classic race in Aspen on Feb. 13.
The following week, Feb. 18-19, the Tigers will compete at state at the Frisco Nordic Center.
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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