Nordic dominates final meet before state |

Nordic dominates final meet before state

Sometimes athletes do the best job of describing their performances. So, we’ll leave it to Tiger sophomore Jackson Hill to sum up the SHS Nordic team’s day Thursday.

“Summit just killed it,” he said.

Hill won the boys’ portion of the 5k classic race at Devil’s Thumb Nordic Center in Winter Park. He was one of five Tiger boys in the top-5. No, you read that right.

“We were definitely stoked on it,” Hill said of the dominating performance.

The boys’ team cruised to a commanding 14-point win over Steamboat Springs in the 13-team meet, while the girls’ finished a strong third.

And this all came from starting conditions that weren’t ideal. Summit arrived a little late to the meet and had to rush its waxing and warm-ups.

No excuses, though, as senior Julia Hayes said.

“Once it got going, it was going,” she said.

Hayes finished second on the girls’ side. Saying she didn’t have her best race, the defending state champ was still happy with the finish. She’s won three of the five races she’s competed in this year.

Behind her in the standings were teammates Katherine Pappas (10th), Cali Greksa (12th), Sophie Ferguson (15th) and Mikka Wickman (18th).

The girls finished 10 points behind meet-winner Middle Park and just three points behind Steamboat.

For the boys’, Duncan Koehn, Troy Meeker, Sam Piehl and Quinton Bobb went 2-3-4-5, respectively behind Hill. Wade Rosko (11th) and Liam McDonnell (13th) also had strong finishes.

The boys now have 12 skiers qualified for the state meet, and the girls have six.

“Both teams are looking good,” head coach Hannah Taylor said. “The boys are definitely a force to be reckoned with.”

The state meet is Feb. 24-25 in Aspen

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