SHS skiers grab All State awards |

SHS skiers grab All State awards

FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High School might have to build a new trophy case to house all the awards that its Nordic and alpine teams landed last weekend when the boys teams won the Colorado High School State Championship and the girls took second.

In addition to the team trophies, several individual skiers won All State medals.

In Nordic, only the top five high school skiers in the state make the All State cut for classic and freestyle, and the Tigers occupied more than their fair share of spots.

Summit High freshman Brittany Perkins made the cut for classic, and Meredith Gilliland made All State for freestyle.

For the Summit boys, Josh Dayton made All State in both freestyle and classic, Kyle Ahern made the cut in classic and Pete Richmond made the cut for freestyle.

“Brittany making All State as a freshman is pretty cool,” said SHS Nordic head coach Marty Gervais. “It’s always nice for individuals to have a little extra recognition. There’s over 100 Nordic (high school) skiers altogether (in Colorado) – some races had 75 boys competing. We had a couple people just miss (All State) by like one point.”

Dayton, Richmond, Ahern, Perkins, Gilliland and Patrick Neel leave next week to compete in the Junior Olympics in Fairbanks, Alaska.

In alpine skiing, there were five spots in slalom and giant slalom for an All State first team and five for a second team, and the SHS boys occupied four of the five first-team spots in GS, and two second-team spots.

Kyle Davis was the highest ranked GS skier in the state and was followed by teammates Taggert Spenst, Gary Beresford and Jordy Lynch, all of whom made the first team, plus Jeremy Elliot and Tim Boulay, who made the second team.

Beresford and Spenst also made the All State first team for slalom.

For the SHS girls, Shelly Miller was first overall in slalom and joined Tucker Burton on the first-team in GS.

“She just glows,” SHS alpine coach Tory Hauser said of Miller. “She was pretty excited. We definitely are a big leader. I mean, a lot of our kids were top five out of a lot of skiers. There’s probably 97 girls that raced this year and about 115 boys. Our consistency this year was really lacking in slalom, but hopefully next year we’ll build all of our disciplines (similarly to) the team we had for GS men. We won’t have Kyle next year, but we’ll have a lot of good kids.”

Summit High School will conduct a rally Tuesday to honor its state champion skiers.

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