Lady Tigers capture four-peat at state ski meet |

Lady Tigers capture four-peat at state ski meet

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VAIL ” The Summit High School girls ski team won a fourth consecutive state championship Friday and the Tigers have the Summit County Sheriff’s Office to thank for it.

Just when it appeared that Summit’s Nordic teams would be stranded on the east side of Vail Pass during Friday’s freestyle race, two police escorts arrived to guide five cars full of Tigers along the otherwise closed section of Interstate 70.

“It was a miracle,” SHS Nordic coach Gene Dayton said. “We came so close to throwing in the towel and turning around.”

Race officials accommodated Summit ” would the World Series start without the Yankees? ” by postponing the race for more than an hour. An extremely curtailed warmup wasn’t enough to stop Briana Perkins from winning her second individual championship in two days (she won the classic discipline on Thursday).

“I’m absolutely not surprised,” Dayton said of Perkins’ impressive accomplishment. “Her technique has really come together ” we’ve done video analysis with her and she’s been to some good summer camps. I told her after the race that her technique looked flawless.”

Perkins’ back-to-back victories directly follow the five consecutive titles won by her older sister, Brittany, who now skis for Western State College; as such, no female racer from outside the Perkins family has won a Nordic title in Colorado since the classic race in 2004.

Every point proved crucial for Summit, which narrowly edged Aspen by the score of 643-638. Middle Park took third with 600 points.

The Lady Tigers’ alpine team more than pulled its weight by putting two racers ” Joey Chevalier (second) and Alex Guras (third) ” on the podium.

“The girls skied in really tough conditions and they came through,” said Summit alpine coach Tory Hauser, who has now won seven titles (boys and girls combined) in his five years as coach. “Because of that, the team won states ” put it on them for coming through.”

Erin Breslin finished 11th as the Summit’s third alpine scorer.

Perkins’ effort on the Nordic side was augmented by Leah Venturoni (12th) and Mackenzie Jones (17th). Jones competed on Friday after missing Thursday’s classic race due to illness. Vail’s Karlie Moore was the freestyle runner-up, followed by Molly McGee of Vail Christian.

Steamboat’s Jenny Allen was the girls slalom champion.

Unlike the Tigers Nordic teams, Hauser’s squad made it over to Vail before I-70 was closed. Once the alpiners arrived, they met with brutal conditions.

“I was at the bottom of the slalom course and I could only see 15 gates up the hill,” Hauser said. “There were gusts that came through that blew single-pole gates out of the ground.”

“The conditions do not get any worse than they were today,” Dayton echoed.

Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at

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