SHS boys win first round of state skiing |

SHS boys win first round of state skiing

BEAVER CREEK – The Summit High School Alpine team barely raked by Aspen High School to win the boys and girls giant slalom race at the Colorado State Ski Championships in Beaver Creek Friday.

Summit’s Kyle Davis beat the 60-skier boys field by more than six seconds with a two-run combined finish time of two minutes, 23.86 seconds.

On the girl’s side, Tucker Burton beat Aspen’s Gillian Hearn by almost two seconds with a finish time of 2:31.09.

Gary Beresford was next to finish for the boys, taking second in 2:29.75. Shelly Miller rounded out the girl’s podium in third with a finish time of 2:34.82.

“They won by seconds,” Hauser said of Davis and Burton. “There was no doubt they easily won.”

As far as overall team results, the win was not so easy.

The SHS girls won with 175 points, but Aspen was right behind with 170, and the Summit boys won with 169 over Aspen’s 167.

“Despite what we did, it was very close,” Hauser said. “Aspen held all the other positions around us.”

Taggert Spenst helped SHS boys rack up points with his fifth-place finish, as did Tim Boulay in seventh, Jeremy Elliot in 10th, Jordy Lynch in 12th, Josh Stein in 17th, Aaron Hogan in 19th, Wes Lander in 37th, JD Ritchey in 53rd and Dru Taylor in 56th.

For Summit girls, Lauren Turner took 10th and Kirstie Scott did not start.

The High School state alpine competition continues at 9:30 a.m. today at Beaver Creek with slalom racing.

Summit High boys win Nordic state classic race

EDWARDS – Despite competing on the most difficult course it’s had to race on all season, the Summit High School boys Nordic team won the classic race Friday at the Colorado State Ski Championships in Edwards.

The Summit boys won with 171 points to beat Aspen’s 162, and occupied three of the top 10 spots.

Aspen’s Simi Hamilton won the race in 20:58.9, but Summit’s Josh Dayton wasn’t far behind, taking second in 21:34.8. Kyle Ahern rounded out the podium in 22:21.4, and Pete Richmond took seventh. Additionally, Kevin Soller took 13th, Patrick Neel 15th, Matt Bowers 26th and Bentley Bedker 28th out of a 43-racer boys field.

Summit High freshman Brittany Perkins had the best finish for Summit girls, taking fourth behind two Steamboat Springs racers and Haleigh Armstrong of Vail Mountain School. Ali Kreamelmeyer finished 11th, and Meredith Gilliland, who usually finishes top three, was experiencing health problems, and took 26th Friday behind teammate Shannon Sonnett, who took 20th of a 33-racer field.

The Summit girls team finished third behind Steamboat and Aspen, but SHS Nordic coach Marty Gervais was fairly pleased with both team’s performances, considering the difficulty of the 5-kilometer course and the stormy weather conditions.

“It kept getting colder and colder,” Gervais said. “It was extremely hilly – it was the most challenging classic course they’ve been on this year. It went pretty well, I’d say.”

The SHS Nordic team competes again at 4 p.m. today on the Vail Golf Course for the state skate race. The overall winners of both high school alpine and Nordic competitions take the state skiing title.

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