SHS Nordic squads sweep regular-season finale |

SHS Nordic squads sweep regular-season finale

Devon O'Neil

VAIL – Brittany Perkins, Kevin Soller and the rest of the Summit High School Nordic ski team made sure there will be no question about which school is favored going into next weekend’s state championship races.Perkins and Soller, both seniors, swept the boys and girls classic races at Vail on Saturday, leading a typically strong showing by the Tigers. SHS put nine skiers in the girls top 20 and seven in the boys top 20 as Summit captured a pair of team victories in the regular-season finale.The Tigers now have a week to prepare for the state meet next weekend in Winter Park, where the SHS girls will be attempting to win their third straight title and the boys will be seeking their third in four years.Saturday, Perkins dominated the girls race to stay undefeated in high school events this season, winning by 67 seconds with a time of 22 minutes, 57 seconds (a mark that would have put her in sixth place in the boys race). Her sister Briana continued to ski well in her wake, as the sophomore took second in 24:04. Remarkably, freshman Hannah Hausman (26:26) and sophomore Mackenzie Jones (26:36) took third and fourth places, giving SHS a sweep of the top four spots.On the boys side, Soller set the winning pace at 20:57 to make himself one of the favorites for an individual title going into next weekend. A pair of speedy SHS underclassmen, freshman Tom Sawyer and sophomore Tyler Reinking, took third and fourth places with respective times of 22:01 and 22:21. Patrick Neel, a senior who started fast this season but is still not feeling his best physically, took seventh for the Tigers in 23:35. After the boys and girls top four, the list of Summit kids in the top 20 was a long one. The girls contingent included Lauren Jefferson (10th, 28:05), Leah Venturoni (12th, 29:11), Jenya Berino (13th, 29:48), Shannon Sonnett (14th, 30:33) and Morgan Major (16th, 31:16). For the boys, it was Alan Harrington (13th, 23:59), Matt Bowers (14th, 24:25) and Zach Armstrong (18th, 25:13).”We’re hoping that they’re not peaked right now,” SHS coach Tom Sain said in anticipation of the state meet. “And I don’t think they are.”Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or

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