SHS Nordic teams take first and second at season opener
Summit County, CO ColoradoVAIL – Briana Perkins has a little more than two months to make up 41 seconds.Although Summit High School’s leading Nordic skier finished a respectable second place in Friday’s season-opening classic race at the Vail Nordic Center, she still left winner Karlie Moore plenty of breathing room to work with.According to Tigers coach Gene Dayton, the Vail racer’s large margin of victory is likely to decline as the mid-February state meet gradually approaches.
“(Assistant coach) Matt (Dayton) described Moore’s performance as a spike,” Dayton said. “Briana was 41 seconds behind her – we don’t expect that to continue. … We think (Briana) will come into her own at the next meet.”Perkins, who finished with a time of 23 minutes, 43.5 seconds, was closely followed by teammates Mackenzie Jones (fourth place), Bailey Jefferson (eighth), Lauren Jefferson (13th) and Jenya Berino (14th). Gene Dayton recognized Bailey Jefferson for having a breakout day in her first high school race.Alas, placing three girls in the top 10 wasn’t quite enough for the Tigers, who ended up taking second place (170 points) behind Vail (174).
Tyler Reinking (21:01.9) led a victorious boys team with a third-place finish. Aspen’s Noah Hoffman was the overall winner with a time of 18:44.4 – nearly two minutes ahead of runner-up Ryan Waldron, also from Aspen.Thanks in large part to a fifth-place finish by Alan Harrington, the Tigers edged Vail by two points to secure the victory. Richard Hayes (13th place) and Wil Snead (15th) also skied well for Summit, which was missing one of its top skiers in Thomas Sawyer.Sawyer, who was recently diagnosed with bronchitis, seemed to be off his game at Saturday’s NRL classic race.”He wasn’t feeling good, but he started anyway,” Dayton said. “We tell the kids if they find themselves in a hole, stop digging, but he never said anything. If he were racing (Friday), we probably would have put three boys in the top five.”
Summit’s middle school harriers put forth a dominant performance in Vail, taking four out of the top five spots on both the boys and girls sides to sweep the meet.The Tigers will host their only home meet of the season, a freestyle race beginning at 10 a.m., Thursday at the Gold Run Nordic Center.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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