Summit boys’, girls’ alpine teams finish second in Vail slalom races
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The Summit High alpine ski team continued its torrid pace to the season with a pair of second-place finishes in a slalom race at Vail Friday.
And if not for a few absences on both sides of the draw, the Tigers could’ve pulled off the sweep.
A pair of Summit girls – Ellie Hartman and Miranda Sheely – were sitting in first and second place after the first run of the day, but both had to skip the second trip down the course in order to get to Telluride for another race.
On the boys’ side, the Tigers were still competing without injured skier Will Cutler.
Still, Summit has yet to finish worse than second in any of this winter’s races.
The girls, led by a fourth-place finish from Anne Parker, finished just four points behind Evergreen High School, while Battle Mountain was third. And the boys’ squad was only four back of Battle Mountain with Evergreen in third.
“It was a close race,” SHS coach Tiania Adams said. ” … It was a good, long course, and everyone skied pretty well.”
In fact, Summit had eight boys and seven girls finish within the state-qualifying cutoff (top-19 for boys and top-20 for girls).
Dael Moulton led the way for the boys with a third-place finish. He was followed closely by senior Ian Parker, who was fourth.
Matty Baldwin ended up in ninth, and Jeremy Keen (10th), Ridge Strickler (12th), Luke Cutler (16th), Brian Coleman (18th) and Wiley Kaupus (19th) were the other Tigers to hit state cuts.
After Parker, senior Hannah Price was next for the girls’ squad, finishing in sixth. Stefanie Walters was eighth, followed by Haley Gage (10th), Shelbee Wood (11th), Kat Werckman (18th) and Kathleen Moore (19th).
“We’ve been going really well,” Adams said. “We have a couple kids that still need to get qualified, but they’re capable of doing it.”
The Tigers have just one race before heading to the state meet in Aspen on Feb. 24. And Adams likes her team’s chances finishing up.
“When we have all our girls, we’re really strong,” she said, “and the boys have been skiing really well, too.”
Summit’s back on the slopes for a slalom race at Ski Cooper on Feb. 11.
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