Ski Cooper win sets SHS skiers up |

Ski Cooper win sets SHS skiers up

LAKE COUNTY – Although official timing and results were unavailable following the Summit High School alpine team’s giant slalom race at Ski Cooper on Friday, the team knows it did pretty well.

Summit junior Gary Beresford and sophomore Shelly Miller were far enough ahead of their fields to know they won the boys’ and girls’ races, and SHS alpine coach Tory Hauser is almost certain the team won the meet in a field of about 100 male racers and about 85 females.

“Shelly was aggressive,” Hauser said. “She had fast skis, and you could see she was going for it. I believe this is her first win. She was fourth in Breck at the start of the season, she’s been second, and she’s proven she’s a good racer. But, it’s always a big jump from being close to winning.

“Gary made that jump too. He was running 57 (seconds), Jeremy Elliot was at about 59, and the rest of our (boys) team was running one minutes and 101’s. All of our athletes were skiing really well.”

Hauser said Lauren Turner was in third place after her first run but didn’t have a very good second run, and Jordy Lynch finished at the front of the pack.

All of the Summit boys have qualified for state, which takes place Feb. 21 and 22 at Beaver Creek, and four of the five Summit girls have qualified for either the state slalom, GS or both.

Hauser wasn’t ready to admit that Summit has a good chance at the state title, saying he didn’t want to count his chickens before they hatch.

“There’s a lot of good skiers with us,” he said. “They absolutely have a chance to do really well, especially in GS, which is more their strength. They have to go fast, and they have to stand up. Hopefully, they’ll peak for this race.”

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