Summit Nordic team strong in Winter Park |

Summit Nordic team strong in Winter Park

Sometimes, a 5 kilometer race comes down to just a matter of inches.

After skating through the twists and turns of the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic course near Winter Park for almost 17 minutes, Summit’s Julia Hayes was edged out by just 0.4 seconds for what would have been her second win of the young high school season.

Still, her second-place finish was one of the many highlights during a strong performance by the Tiger Nordic team in Saturday’s skate race.

The boys’ team dominated, the girls’ squad finished fifth, and Summit had a slew of skiers earn qualifying scores for the state meet.

“I am excited for everyone and think they should all be pleased,” head coach Hannah Taylor said.

Junior Tucker McCrerey was second on the boys’ side of the race, just 4 seconds off the first-place mark held by Battle Mountain’s Christian Shanley. And he had some teammates keeping him company near the top of the race. Jackson Hill was fourth, Liam McDonnell was ninth and Sam Piehl was 11th.

Also finishing inside the cut-off for the state meet were Duncan Koehn (12th), Troy Meeker (14th), Quinton Bobb (17th), Cameron Bobb (20th), Wade Rosko (21st) and Ian Parker (26th).

The boys’ team finished six points ahead of Battle Mountain. Aspen was third.

After Hayes on the girls’ squad, senior Cali Greksa finished 26th. Mikka Wickman was 31st – the final qualifier for state – and Sophie Ferguson (37th), Robyn Kresge (48th) and Kailey Lockwood (53rd) also raced well.

Vail Mountain School, which had six girls in the top-10, won the race by 15 points over Steamboat Springs. Aspen was third.

The Tigers will look to carry the momentum into their Jan. 22 home meet, their only one of the season. And this one will be a bit different than others. It’s a pursuit race, meaning skiers will ski one classic lap around the Gold Run Nordic Center (in Breckenridge) and one skate lap.

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