Perkins, Soller win for SHS Nordic |

Perkins, Soller win for SHS Nordic

ANDY FRAMEsummit daily news

DEVIL’S THUMB – With a top skier under the weather and another out of the state, the Summit High School boys and girls Nordic ski teams still dominated a 5K high school classic race at Devil’s Thumb on Saturday.Junior Brittany Perkins, the Tigers’ best female skier, was in Soldier Hollow, Utah, competing in the senior nationals; and junior Matt Bowers could hardly hold anything down. Neither mattered.Junior Kevin Soller won the boys race in a blistering 16 minutes, 30 seconds, and Perkins’ little sister, freshman Briana, filled in nicely, finishing first on the girls side with a time of 18:52. The infirm Bowers certainly held his own, too, finishing in 10th place in 18:22.”Matt was sick as a dog,” Tigers head coach Tom Sain said. Both teams also won the overall competition against high schools from across the state.In the 68-skier boys field, other top Summit finishers included Tyler Reinking (fourth); Isaac Phillips (13th); Marshall Snead (15th); and Alan Harrington (17th).After Briana Perkins, the Tigers had five more skiers finish in the top 15 of the 63-racer girls field. Another freshman, Mackenzie Jones, finished third in 20:16, and Leah Venturoni and Shannon Sonnett joined her in the top 10, finishing eighth and 10th, respectively. Jenya Berino came in 12th, and Lauren Jefferson finished 14th after a stretch of poor health.To qualify for the state championships – which Summit is hosting this year Feb. 18-19 – the Tiger racers have to finish in the top third of two races in a particular discipline.Summit travels to Aspen and Carbondale Friday and Saturday for a two-day race, where Sain expects to see better skiing from the Tigers’ opponents.”Next week’s competition will definitely be tougher than this week’s,” Sain said. “A lot of the tough competition was at Soldier Hollow for this one.”Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or

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