Perkins sisters finish 1-2 at Lake County pursuit race |

Perkins sisters finish 1-2 at Lake County pursuit race

LEADVILLE – With the state championships coming to Breckenridge’s Gold Run Nordic Center on Feb. 18-19, the Summit High School Nordic team had one final race to get everyone qualified. Saturday, freshman Andy Arrance made it happen for the boys team, finishing 33rd overall at Lake County, high enough to join the rest of the Tiger boys at Gold Run. “(Arrance) put everything he had into it,” Summit head coach Tom Sain said. Saturday’s race was a pursuit, combining times from a 3.5K skate and 3.5K classic race to determine the overall winner. Arrance was already qualified for the state classic race, so the skate was the most important part of the freshman’s day.The official results from the pursuit weren’t in as of Wednesday, but Sain said the top boys finisher for the Tigers was Patrick Neel, who took second.Most of the Tiger skiers traveled to Leadville from Crested Butte on Friday night, where Summit’s Rocky Mountain Division (RMD) team skied in a mass start skate race. Brittany and Briana Perkins highlighted Summit’s showing on both days. The Perkins sisters both finished first in their age group in Friday’s RMD race, then took the top two spots in Saturday’s high school race. Junior Brittany finished first in the pursuit, while freshman Briana finished second. “Brittany and Briana had a heck of a weekend,” Sain said. “They’re still skiing really well.” In the boys J1 race in Crested Butte, Neel finished sixth, Kevin Soller took seventh, and Matt Bowers skied to 15th.In the boys J2 race, Tyler Reinking finished third for Summit. He was followed by Tom Sawyer (seventh), Marshall Snead (11th), Richard Hayes (14th), and Jeremy Brown (15th). In the girls J1 race, Brittany Perkins was followed by Summit skiers Shannon Sonnett (10th) and Lauren Jefferson (12th).After Briana Perkins, Summit’s top J2 finishers included Leah Venturoni (ninth), Mackenzie Jones (11th) and Jenya Berino (16th).Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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