Summit alpine 2nd at Loveland GS
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The stars weren’t exactly aligned for the Summit High alpine ski team on Friday at Loveland Ski Area. The Tigers were missing top skiers on both the boys’ and girls’ sides, they had a couple key skiers miss gates on the second run and they were up against one of the toughest fields they’ll see all year before the state meet.
They still finished second.
SHS head coach Karl Barth said it was “a fun race with all the teams so close together,” and for the skiers who made it all the way through the giant slalom course for Summit, it was a good day.
Both the Tiger girls and boys had two of the top-five skiers on each side of the race, with seniors Ian Parker and Ellie Hartman leading the way for their respective teams.
The girls’ squad wound up just four points behind Nederland High School in the team standings. The boys were eight behind Steamboat Springs.
In all, nearly every one of the state’s top teams participated in the race.
“The race was pretty stacked,” Barth said. “But it’s better to ski against a better field like that.”
Aspen was third in the boys’ race, finishing five back of the Tigers, and Steamboat was third for girls.
Hartman led after the first run but was narrowly overtaken on top the girls’ podium by Nederland’s Dayna Larsen. The two were separated by less than a second.
Teammate Haley Gage finished just two spots behind Hartman in fourth place.
Hannah Price was ninth, while Maddie Hayes (23rd), Kat Werckman (27th) and Siera Creen (31st) all had solid races.
Stefanie Walters was having a strong day for Summit, Barth said, until she skied out at the bottom of her second run.
The same thing happened on the boys’ side to Ridge Strickler, who also would’ve had a strong finish if not for missing a late gate.
Luckily, Parker picked up some of the slack. The speedy senior grabbed his second runner-up finish of the year – the first coming in another stacked field at Copper Mountain on Jan. 7.
Dael Moulton was next for Summit in fifth place, and Lance LiPuma – in his first season with the alpine team – made up a big chunk of time on his second run to finish 15th.
Matty Baldwin was 16th, and Drew Petersen (19th), Matt Goldstein (21st), Wiley Kaupus (22nd), Luke Cutler (24th) and Max Kaupus (27th) all finished within the top-30.
The Tigers are back on the slopes Feb. 4 for a slalom race at Beaver Creek.
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