SHS Nordic takes 2nd, 3rd at race
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With two weeks left in the Tigers’ season, the Summit High Nordic team seems to be hitting it’s stride.
On a hilly and difficult course at Devil’s Thumb, Saturday both Tiger teams earned top-three finishes.
“They skied very well, today,” SHS head coach Colleen LaVelle said of her team. “The kids had a very good day.”
The boys’ team ” which only has four skiers, none of whom are older than a sophomore ” finished in second place. Needing to count all four of the boys’ scores in order to place as a team, Summit had four skiers in the top-25.
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Freshman Tucker McCrerrey led the way for the boys, with an impressive fifth-place finish and a
time of 15:34.
Duncan Koehn was next for Summit in seventh place, followed by Quinton Bobb (17th) and Troy Meeker (25th).
“Everybody skied well and did their job on the course,” McCrerrey said of his team.
Finishing in seventh place, Julia Hayes set the pace for the Summit girls’ team, which finished third. Her time of 19:25 was a mere 2 seconds ahead of teammate Bailey Jefferson, who came in eighth.
Rounding out the top-four SHS girls were Julie Bishop (18th) and Allison Rowley (23rd).
“We did really well today and had a lot of skiers step up,” Jefferson said of her team’s performance. “The course was tough, but we really climbed it well.”
Also competing for Summit were Katie Billsoly (26th), Emily Patterson (27th), Heidi Gruber (28th) and Rosa Foth (31st).
With 12 skiers already qualified for state, Summit is looking to add three more next week when the team travels to a meet at Eldora.
Both the boys and girls have officially earned a spot in the state meet ” held Feb. 19-20 in Leadville ” as a team and are gearing up to defend their titles.
“I think we have a good possibility of doing that,” Jefferson said of the girls’ squad winning what would be its fifth straight title. “We just have to come together and ski really well.”
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