SHS boys sweep Loveland GS podium
LOVELAND SKI AREA – In four years of coaching Summit High School’s alpine ski team, Tory Hauser saw something he had never seen on Friday: a Tigers sweep of the boys podium.Tanner Macdonald continued his recent hot streak by claiming the overall giant slalom victory at Loveland Valley, while Taylor Lynch took second and Drew Beling finished third.Macdonald, Summit’s lone senior male, raced competitively for the third consecutive day. After taking two J1 second-place finishes in downhill club races at Keystone Wednesday and Thursday, Macdonald showed up at Loveland on Friday ready to bolster his high school team.”Tanner is just being a great kid,” Hauser said. “He’s always out there helping and cheering for his teammates.””It’s a huge deal,” said Hauser of the Summit boys’ podium sweep. “We not only took top three, but we had very strong numbers through the top 15.”
Although official boys results were not available by press time, Hauser estimated that Summit placed six male racers in the top 15. In addition to the podium toppers, the Tigers got strong finishes from Hunter Black, Mark Miller and Brannan Sheely.The Lady Tigers were led, once again, by Erin Breslin and Alex Guras. Breslin finished fourth and Guras took sixth.Freshman Athena Brownson finished in eighth place and sophomore Laurel Broten took 11th. Rounding out the top 15 for Summit was Leah Canfield in 13th place.”The Battle Mountain girls were a very strong team,” Hauser said. “But our girls skied well today.”Hauser described Friday’s GS course as fast and demanding.
“You had to be perfect, the top 30 racers were all just hundredths of a second apart from one another,” Hauser said. “Nobody blew the field away.”With most of its skiers in attendance, Summit started 38 racers. In all, an impressive 35 Tigers finished the race, a tribute to the team’s continued improvement.Perkins wins girls JO qualifier at EldoraMeanwhile, at the Eldora Nordic Center near Boulder, the Summit Nordic racers were busy dominating a Junior Olympic Qualifier classic race.
Fresh off a trip to nationals, Brittany Perkins won the girls competition by more than three minutes. Her younger sister Briana finished second and Lauren Jefferson was sixth for Summit in the J1 division. Leah Venturoni also cracked the top 10, finishing ninth. Hannah Hausman took second in the J2 category.On the boys side, Kevin Soller was the seventh fastest J1; Patrick Neel skied to second place in the older juniors division; and Tom Sawyer and Tyler Reinking finished second and fifth, respectively, in the J2 age class.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970)668-3998, ext. 13631 or at email@example.com.
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