Summit High alpine ski team strong once again
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In the final meet before state, the Summit High alpine ski team had another ho-hum day at a slalom race at Ski Cooper.
That is to say, the Tigers showed once again why many consider them to be the favorites when they head to Aspen in two weeks for the championship meet.
The girls’ team dominated with three skiers in the top-five, winning easily, and the boys’ team wound up third despite two of its top skiers each falling on a run.
“We have a pretty strong group,” SHS coach Tiania Adams said. “When everyone’s here (and not at club races), we are really strong.”
Anne Parker led the strong showing for the girls, finishing second, and teammate Hannah Price was just one spot behind her in third. Shelbee Wood was fifth.
The three girls gave the Tigers a team score of 173 for a six-point win over Evergreen. Nederland was third at 147.
The boys’ team finished nine points behind Evergreen, which won with 171 points. Nederland was second at 165.
And the Tiger boys likely would’ve won had it not been for a couple falls.
Ian Parker, arguably the team’s most consistent skier all season, fell on his first run and had to hike back up the hill to hit all the gates. He finished 16th, despite having the third-best time on Run 2.
Dael Moulton, another of the Tigers’ top skiers, had the same problem, except in reverse. He was sitting in third after the first run but had to hike on his second, eventually finishing in 21st.
Will Cutler led the team with a second-place finish in his first race since coming back from an injury.
Matty Baldwin was 10th, Drew Petersen was 11th and Ridge Strickler was 15th.
Freshman Max Kaupus earned a state-qualifying spot by finishing in 24th.
Rounding out the lineup for the Tiger girls were Stefanie Walters (12th), Haley Gage (15th) and Maddie Hayes (17th). For Hayes it was her first state cut in slalom.
And with the strong performances all around for Summit this season, the Tigers now have 10 girls and nine boys qualified for the state meet, which is in Aspen on Feb. 24-25.
And that actually creates a problem for the Tigers.
“We have too many kids for the hotel we booked,” Adams said with a laugh.
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