Summit Nordic boys win classic race
WINTER PARK – Josh Dayton added yet another second-place finish to lead four Summit High racers in the top 10 as the Tigers won Friday’s Nordic freestyle race at Devil’s Thumb to open the Colorado State Ski Championships.
Dayton, a junior, battled Aspen freshman Simi Hamilton to the finish line, coming in second by just five seconds. Kyle Ahern crossed the line in sixth place, with Pete Richmond seventh and Andy Richmond eighth. Isaac Phillips rounded out Summit’s contingent with a 24th-place finish.
“They were pretty close at the finish, that’s good,” Summit assistant Nordic coach Marty Gervais said. “That consistency at the top really helped us out again.”
Summit tallied 168 points with its top three finishers to outdistance Steamboat Springs at 158. Aspen finished third with 154. Colorado Rocky Mountain School and state meet host Middle Park rounded out the top five.
The Summit girls Nordic team got a scare when top racer Meredith Gilliland passed out during the race. Gilliland took some time to recover her bearings and surrendered precious time in the process.
“She was going really well, and then about a kilometer or two in she got dizzy and blacked out,” Gervais said. “Maybe she was a little overanxious or went out a little hard. We’re monitoring her condition but she ate dinner (Friday night). I’m sure she’ll race classic today.”
Summit entered just three girls in Friday’s skate race on a difficult Devil’s Thumb course, and Ali Kreamelmeyer notched a top-10 finish in ninth place. Carly Wilson came in 19th and the Tigers finished fifth as a team behind race-winner Aspen.
“It was a real nice day, good skiing,” Gervais said. “The course was challenging but real fun. There was a screaming last kilometer with a winding downhill. They were happy with the course.”
The state meet concludes today with a classic race starting at 3:30 p.m. at Snow Mountain Ranch outside of Winter Park. Points from Friday’s state giant slalom and freestyle races will be added to today’s classic and slalom races to determine the overall state championship teams for both boys and girls.
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