Summit High alpine girls win race, finish top-10 in State GS
WINTER PARK – Summit High School put its name on the map Friday during the Colorado State High School Ski Meet at Winter Park.
Although they were competing against a field of 54 racers, several of the girls on the Summit High alpine team finished top-10 in the state championship giant slalom race.
Tucker Burton, a sophomore at SHS, won the race, Shelley Miller took fourth, Gina Gassman took sixth, and Sierra Anderson took seventh.
“(Burton) was pretty conservative on the first run,” said Dan Stanescu, assistant coach for the SHS alpine team. “She was second by two-tenths of a second on the first run. We told her in the second run, we have nothing to lose, so to go to the full possibilities. She did very good. She won by more than a half-second.”
Official race times and results were not available at press time, but
Stanescu said the SHS alpine boys didn’t fare quite as well as the girls. He said the four top seeds crashed on the first run of the two-run race, but that the course was challenging and the field deep, with 79 racers.
“It was a pretty fast course,” Stanescu said. “A simple mistake could throw you out, and that’s what happened. There were a lot of (disqualified racers), not just from Summit, but from all the high schools. The course was challenging and technical, with a lot of turning gates.”
After Friday’s giant slalom, the SHS alpine skiers cheered on their Nordic counterparts, who were competing in the state cross-country freestyle race.
“With their points and our points, we think we did pretty well,” Stanescu said.
Summit High’s Josh Dayton took second in the cross-country race, and teammates Kyle Ahern, Pete Richmond and Andy Richmond all had top-10 finishes.
State ski racing continues today at Winter Park with slalom racing and cross-country classical.
Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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