Summit High still in striking distance after Day 1 of State Ski Champ |

Summit High still in striking distance after Day 1 of State Ski Champ

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LEADVILLE ” It wasn’t exactly the start that the Summit High ski teams had hoped for on the first day of the Colorado High School State Ski Championships in Lake County, Thursday.

But with the boys’ and girls’ teams finishing in the top-five in three out of four races, Summit will still be in striking distance on Day 2 to defend its two titles.

“The competition is tough,” SHS head Nordic coach Colleen LaVelle said, “and I think (our team) did very well for the first day.”

The overall state title is determined from a combined score of Nordic and Alpine over two days of competition.

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Thursday began with the Nordic 5K classic race held at the Colorado Mountain College in Leadville.

With a very young and inexperienced cross country team, Tiger sophomore Julia Hayes knew that her performance would be a key for the girls’ team.

“I really wanted to get top-five today, or at least top-10, because that would really help us by getting those points,” she said. ” … (The state tournament is) more exciting than any other race.”

Well, Hayes gave her team the boost that it needed, finishing ninth overall on the girls’ side.

Next for the Tigers was Bailey Jefferson and Alison Rowley, who finished 19th and 20th, respectively.

In the count-three scoring system, Summit earned 141 points and a fifth-place finish. Vail Mountain School was in first with 173 points.

“I think it was really good, today,” Hayes said of her team’s performance. “We had a lot of good finishes. … It made me really happy that everyone was just doing their best to get to the finish line and pass as many girls as we could.”

The boys’ Nordic squad also finished in fifth place in the classic.

With only four boys on the team ” and none older than a sophomore ” the Tigers had a very impressive performance.

Freshman Tucker McCrerey led the way, finishing in seventh place with a time of 17:00.9.

Fellow freshman Quinton Bobb and sophomore Duncan Koehn contributed the other two counting scores by finishing 21st and 22nd, respectively.

” … It was a tough, technical course,” LaVelle said. “They did a very good job.”

After Nordic wrapped up, the Alpiners hit the slopes for slalom.

Summit senior Hunter Black missed out on his fifth win of the season by a mere 0.5 seconds, losing out to Nick Stenicka of Middle Park.

But Black’s performance was good enough to spur the boys’ Alpine team to a fifth-place finish at 143 points. Battle Mountain finished first with 161 points.

After Black, Doug McIsaac was Summit’s next best finisher in 14th place. Jeff Goldstein was third for the Tigers in 31st place.

The day didn’t go as well for the female Alpiners, as the Tigers came in seventh.

Senior Meigan Canfield led the team in 19th place, followed by Hannah Price (20th) and Haley Gage (29th).

With two more races to go today ” the giant slalom for Alpine and the skate for Nordic ” Summit needs a very strong performance to take home any hardware.

“They’ll give it all they got, and I’m sure they’ll do great,” LaVelle said.

The GS is scheduled to begin today at 9:45 a.m., while the skate starts at 3 p.m.

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