SHS Nordic skiers stay hot in Leadville |

SHS Nordic skiers stay hot in Leadville

DEVON O'NEILsummit daily news
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LEADVILLE – Brittany Perkins remained undefeated this year in high school Nordic ski races, blowing out the field at Saturday’s pursuit competition at the Colorado Mountain College Nordic Center in Leadville.This one, though, was even more sensational than the others, SHS coach Tom Sain said. Perkins won by nearly two minutes in the event, which combined a 3.3K classic race in the morning with an afternoon freestyle race of the same distance.The win was no surprise. The astounding margin was. “Brittany just lit it up today,” Sain said, adding: “She came to me before the race and you could just tell she was going to run away with it.”

Although official team results were not available at press time, the Tiger girls almost certainly won again. Hannah Hausman, coming back from a cold that has stricken nearly the entire Summit squad, finished second for the Tigers; Mackenzie Jones, Briana Perkins and Leah Venturoni took fifth, sixth and 12th to round out the team’s top five.Jones is on her way back from the flu, while Briana Perkins, who is normally a sure bet to finish in the top three, is right in the middle of the illness.She has plenty of company on the boys side. Senior stars Patrick Neel and Kevin Soller backed off a bit to give their bodies a chance to heal from their colds on Saturday, but their healthy teammates picked up the slack. Freshman Tom Sawyer finished third, followed by senior Matt Bowers (fourth) and sophomore Tyler Reinking (fifth).Alan Harrington (16th) and Will Snead (17th) also skied well for SHS.

Sain continues to rave about Sawyer, who he calls one of the hardest workers in the program.”The kid’s skiing has come so far (since last year), he looks like a college skier,” Sain said.Summit’s final high school race before the state championships is a classic, set for Feb. 4 at Vail.

Middle school girls sweep classic raceIn the middle school ranks Saturday, Dana Meeker led a Tiger girls sweep, followed by runner-up Bailey Jefferson and third-place finisher Julia Hayes. Sam Provorse took second for the boys with Nathan Hausman in fourth and Clint Sawyer in fifth.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at

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