Summit girls rugby succumbs to ‘Summit Crud,’ plus Summit Nordic cleans up at Firebird 50 MTB race |

Summit girls rugby succumbs to ‘Summit Crud,’ plus Summit Nordic cleans up at Firebird 50 MTB race

Compiled by Phil Lindeman
Run the Rockies participants in the 10K race at Copper Mountain Saturday, June 3, 2017.
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Summit Nordic athletes fill podiums at Colorado XC MTB championships

If you think Summit Nordic Ski Club is only good on snow, think again.

On June 3, a large contingent of youth skiers with SNSC traveled to Eagle for the Firebird 50, a 50-mile mountain bike race that doubles as the Colorado XC State Championships. Head coach Olof Hedberg recently added a biking program to help his athletes train all year, from winter to summer, and the SNSC team boasts elite riders like Ezra Smith, who dominated the high school league her freshman and sophomore years before focusing on Nordic and pro biking as a junior. Yes, a junior.

Smith led SNSC with a third-place finish in the women’s pro division, coming in at 1:57:49 behind longtime pro Karen Jarchow of Eagle (1:52:54) and Katie Compton of Colorado Springs (1:54:45).

Hedberg with SNSC’s other highlights:

SNSC took a win in the junior men (11-12) category, with Nico Konecny taking first place. Ezra’s sister, Jazlyn Smith, who so far this season has been focused on enduro racing, grabbed a nice second place in junior women (15-16) division.

On top of our three podiums, we also had three fourth places: Opal Koning in junior women (15-16), Lasse Konecny in junior men (13-14) and Viola Koning in junior women (11-12). All had great races but just missed the podium in the results.

Summit Tigers girls rugby starts hot, finishes cold at PennLife Rugby Challenge

You can’t win them all, even if you’re a rugby force to be reckoned with.

From June 3 to 4, the Summit Tigers girls rugby team was in Philadelphia for the annual Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, a weekend-long event with divisions for top college and high school 7s programs from across the nation.

Summit started the weekend sitting pretty after going 4-0 in pool play, including a win against top-seeded Blaze Academy of Chicago, 12-10. The team struggled with injuries and illness — starter Marin Pennell missed all of pool play with the flu — but head coach Karl Barth was still impressed with strong showings against tough clubs.

Illness caught up with the Tigers on the second day of the tournament. Summit lost its first game of the day to the same top-ranked Blaze team the girls defeated in pool play, and then lost in the bronze-medal game to Divine Savior or Wisconsin. The hometown girls ended the tournament in fourth overall.

“Good tourney, but girls got hit with (the) ‘Summit Crud’ going around and struggled with energy,” Barth said after the weekend wrapped up, and then took time to reflect on his team’s ninth-straight state title this past November. “Oh well, good year for the girls.”

Run the Rockies | Frisco, June 3

The 41st edition of an annual road-running race with 10K and half-marathon distances. The event drew nearly 400 runners of all ages from across the state and region, including runners from as far as Minnesota, Oklahoma and Alaska. Summit County’s most veteran females (aka runners in the 70+ division) swept the podium for the 10K, while their fellow ladies managed to take at least one podium position in almost every division for the half marathon and 10K.

For complete results, see

Men’s half marathon, 20-29 division

1. Bill Haege, Centennial — 1:39:48

2. Jonathan Taves, Colorado Springs — 1:44:41

3. Seth Henkel, Colorado Springs — 1:44:42

Men’s half marathon, 30-39 division

1. Blair Dickhoner, Denver — 1:42:43

2. Jonney Burke, Denver — 1:45:39

3. Spencer Rubin, Boulder — 1:47:23

Women’s half marathon, 30-39 division

1. Melissa Knutson, Fountain — 1:54:15

2. Kayde Anderson, Thornton — 1:54:58

3. Kristen Denney, FRISCO — 1:58:01

Women’s half marathon, 40-49 division

1. Joy Van Oss, FRISCO — 1:52:14

2. Camille Bonta, BRECKENRIDGE — 1:56:39

3. Jennifer Chambers, FRISCO — 1:58:45

Women’s half marathon, 50-69 division

1. Carla Hammer, Evergreen — 1:48:37

2. Tammy Godin, North Grafton, MA — 2:01:01

3. Barb Tilka, FRISCO — 2:14:27

Men’s 10K, 19 and younger division

1. Kaeden Fellingham, Olathe — 40:13

2. Quinn Weinberger — 40:42

3. Zachary McBride, FRISCO — 45:11

Men’s 10K, 20-29 division

1. Gabe Casias, Fountain — 40:28

2. John Benecke, SILVERTHORNE — 42:38

3. Logan Shapiro, Louiseville — 45:23

Men’s 10K, 40-49 division

1. Paul Brett, FRISCO — 38:54

2. Robert Gunning, Louisville — 43:42

3. Bill Parsley, Denver — 50:28

Men’s 10K, 60-69 division

1. Tom Goss — 44:52

2. Jim Galanes, FRISCO — 45:59

3. Chuck Cofer, Leadville — 50:10

Honorable Mention: Lowell McCoy, BRECKENRIDGE (70+ division) — 55:37

Women’s 10K, 19 and younger division

1. Jaxon Redhorse, DILLON — 1:20:39

Women’s 10K, 20-29 division

1. Katherine Gross, Wheaton, WI — 47:34

2. Alix Jensen, FRISCO — 50:14

3. Caroline Faraino, Centennial — 50:16

Women’s 10K, 30-39 division

1. Sara Trapp, Golden — 46:17

2. Amy Bricco, Morrison — 46:37

3. Jenny Wong, BRECKENRIDGE — 48:51

Women’s 10K, 40-49 division

1. Renee Renn, Colorado Springs — 49:13

2. Kelly Smith, BRECKENRIDGE — 51:37

3. Katrin Laird Anderson, FRISCO — 53:06

Women’s 10K, 50-59 division

1. Nancy Thonen, Thornton — 47:02

2. Susan Kamberos, Highlands Ranch — 53:52

3. Gina Parthum, DILLON — 54:06

Women’s 10K, 60-69 division

1. Emiko Hull, DILLON — 57:26

2. Camille Yarbrough, Leadville — 59:35

3. Sue Stweard-Palmisano — 1:02:14

Women’s 10K, 70+ division

1. Sharon Crawford, FRISCO — 1:06:55

2. Bonnie McCoy, BRECKENRIDGE — 1:16:48

3. Maxine Solomon, SILVERTHORNE — 1:29:34

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