Summit Nordic victorious in Vail
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There wasn’t much that could stop the Summit High Nordic ski team Saturday in Vail, not the treacherous conditions nor the tough competition.
“Skiing in whiteouts, racing to the finish and suffering along the way, no problem,” said SHS girls’ skier Miikka Wickman. “We’re Nordic skiers!”
And the Tigers showed Saturday that they may just be the best in the state.
Out of 14 teams, the boys’ squad won both the skate and classic races, while the girls’ team finished third in skate and fourth in classic.
Along the way, the Tigers had 10 different skiers earn state cuts on the day, most of them in both disciplines.
Neither race was very close for the boys’ squad, as the Tigers won each by more than 20 points.
As has been the case all season, the boys’ were led by Tucker McCrerey. The speedy Summit sophomore dominated the skate race, winning by 34 seconds. In the classic race, McCrerey was third.
“Good day,” McCrerey said.
Also having a “good day” was junior Duncan Koehn. He finished both races inside the top-10 with a sixth-place showing in skate and 10th in classic.
Summit’s Quinton Bobb and Sam Piehl were neck-and-neck the whole day, with both boys’ finishing in the top-14 of both races. Bobb was ninth in skate and 13th in classic, while Piehl finished 10th and 14th.
Next for the Tigers was Emmett Bailey, who finished 23rd in the skate but just missed out on a state cut in the classic by finishing in 34th.
Wade Rosko was 30th in the skate and 32nd in classic for Summit, earning a state-qualifying score in both.
Also competing for the Tigers was Danny Cuadrado (54th in skate, 64th in classic).
On the girls’ side, strong showings by Julia Hayes, Bailey Jefferson and Emily Patterson helped propel the Tigers into the top-four of each of the 12-team races. Summit finished only two points out of second place in the classic.
“Today was a good day,” Hayes said. “It was a rough start in the morning, but by the afternoon, everyone shaped up and was able to pass at least one person to move up at least one spot. Overall the team did very well, and I am very proud.”
Hayes led the girls’ squad in both races. The junior finished second in the skate, well ahead of the second-place finisher from Middle Park. She also finished third in the classic.
Jefferson was the second-best SHS finisher in both races, finishing 17th in skate and 14th in classic.
Patterson, meanwhile, wound up 21st in skate and 22nd in classic. Both results earn her a trip to the state meet.
Also competing for the Tiger girls were Sophie Ferguson (31st in skate and classic), Wickman (43rd in skate and 52nd in classic), McKenzie Raley (54th skate, 49th classic) and Kailey Lockwood (50th classic).
The Tigers race again this Saturday at Devil’s Thumb, and head coach Hannah Taylor doesn’t think her team will be slowing down anytime soon.
“I expect that in the remaining races we will see a few more of the kids qualify (for state),” she said.
The state meet is Feb. 18-19 at the Frisco Nordic Center
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