Summit High finishes third, fifth at state ski championships
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Summit County, Co Colorado
SKI COOPER ” Summit High senior Hunter Black stood in the starting gates at the top of the giant slalom course at Ski Cooper on Friday, ready to start his final run in the Colorado High School State Ski Championships.
He had a 0.41 second lead over Nick Stenika of Middle Park and needed to maneuver his way down the relatively flat course through a brutal head wind for the title.
But none of that was going through his mind.
“I was singing some Black Sabbath in my head,” Black said with a laugh. “It was a mix of random bits. My CD player had stopped working.”
Black rocked and rolled his way down the hill, but his 140-pound frame struggled against the uphill wind. When he crossed the finish line, Black ” who had won every race he skied this winter heading into state ” had to settle for a 0.05 second loss and his second silver medal in two days.
“I wanted to be the state champion, but it wasn’t my goal,” Black said. “I won a lot of races (this season) and just finished second by five hundredths of a second; there’s nothing to be upset about. That’s almost like losing by a blink of an eye. What can you do?”
Black’s saga kind of sums up the state meet as a whole for both Summit teams.
Coming in as the defending state champions, the boy’ and girls’ teams finished third and fifth, respectively. Both were solid performances, but not quite what the team had hoped for.
“There were definitely some good points and bad points,” Alpine coach David Ellena said. ” … It’s tough, there were some really good skiers out there.”
The overall team results are decided by combining both the Nordic and Alpine scores over a two-day competition for both boys and girls.
On Friday, the Alpine team put up a stellar performance.
Ski Cooper’s course for Friday’s GS was, what Ellena described as, “very flat,” thus not benefiting lighter skiers.
“Basically, the wind was heading up hill and you had to fight to get as aerodynamic as possible,” Black said. “But it’s the same for everybody. … Everyone’s feeling the same type of pressure.”
None the less, Summit persevered on a sunny but blustery day.
After Black locked up a second-place finish, the Tigers’ Mathias Krainz finished in 15th place and Doug MacIsaac was 18th. As the event counted only three scores, the Tiger boys’ earned a third-place finish in the GS.
“It’s obviously not what we’d hoped for or what we’ve done in the past,” MacIsaac said. “Third is still not bad. … We’re still happy.”
On the girls’ side, senior Memry Anderson used a blistering second run ” she was one of very few girls to not lose significant time from her first run to the second ” to finish 12th.
“The first run didn’t go so well, but I figured out which line to take on the second run,” Anderson said. “It felt faster but there was a lot more wind.”
Next for the girls’ side was sophomore Hannah Price in 15th and senior Meigan Canfield in 17th.
For the day, the girls’ Alpiners came in fourth place.
“I think we did as good as we can,” Canfield said of the way her team fought hard in a competition dominated by Middle Park High School. Middle Park had five of the top-10 skiers on Friday.
In Nordic, neither team finished better than fourth.
The girls’ squad was led by Bailey Jefferson, who finished 12th. Julia Hayes (15) and Alison Rowley (28) were the other two counting scores for the fourth-place finishers.
The boys’ were led by freshman Tucker McCrerey (10th), who earned his second top-10 finish in two days. Duncan Koehn (26th) and Quniton Bobb (32nd) also contributed to the Tigers’ seventh-place finish.
The overall state titles were won by Middle Park, in girls, and Aspen for the boys.
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