Perkins victorious in Carbondale, Reinking takes second |

Perkins victorious in Carbondale, Reinking takes second

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Summit County, CO ColoradoCARBONDALE – The Summit High School Nordic ski team struggled through tricky course conditions Friday to send both its boys and girls to the podium.Briana Perkins led the Lady Tigers to a third-place finish by winning Friday’s classic race through the Spring Gulch Trail System in Carbondale, and Tyler Reining paced the runner-up boys side with a second-place finish.

Aspen’s teams swept the meet Friday with Vail’s girls in second and boys in third. “The conditions were weird,” Reinking said. “The course was icy, which made waxing tricky. We used the stickiest kick wax they make and it worked for the most part.””We had to use a kind of klister wax that’s the consistency of aged rubber cement,” Tigers coach Gene Dayton said. “We saw the kids were slipping a lot before the race so we were trying to make last-minute adjustments at the trailer. … We asked the kids later how they rated their wax and most of them said seven or eight out of 10.”

Dayton said Carbondale’s course, which included difficult steeps and switchbacks, didn’t help matters on Friday.”Each kid averaged about three falls during the race,” he said. “That klister wax grabs you and throws you.”Alan Harrington (sixth place) and Tom Sawyer (12th) also scored points for Summit’s boys, while MacKenzie Jones (seventh) and Leah Venturoni (16th) chipped in points for the girls team.

Rounding out the top-30 finishers for the Tiger boys were McCabe Jones (20th), Wil Snead (22), Richard Hayes (24th), Luke Fatora (25th) and Marshall Snead (26th). Following Venturoni on the girls side were Bailey Jefferson (18th), Lauren Jefferson (20th), Dana Meeker (21st), Allison Rowley (24th) and Jenya Berino (25th). After today’s club races in Aspen, the Tigers will begin to taper down their workouts in anticipation of the state meet, to be held Thursday and Friday at Vail.

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