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Summit Nordic wraps up regular season in Aspen

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

Snow swirled around the starting area as Summit’s Sophie Ferguson readied herself for a 5k classic race Saturday in Aspen. Visibility was poor, the trails were slick and filling with snow, but the conditions weren’t what bothered Ferguson before starting.

“I was just nervous,” she said after the race. ” … As soon as I just got going, though, I started to feel better.”

In the Summit High Nordic team’s final race of the regular season, Ferguson had one last chance to earn a state qualifying score. But the nerves definitely didn’t get the best of her, as her 24-place finish in the race earned her a spot in next week’s championship race in Frisco.

“It’s really exciting,” she said of qualifying. “I didn’t feel really good at the beginning, but as it went on, it got better. I’m just so excited to have gotten it.”

Ferguson was one of a handful of Tigers that had impressive finishes Saturday, as racers dealt with freezing temperatures and flurries of snow the whole race.

Sophomore Tucker McCrerey won the race on the boys’ side, leading a group of six total Tigers – boys and girls – that finished the race in the top-25.

On the boys’ side, Jackson Hill finished in fifth place, while Troy Meeker was 13th.

Then sophomore Emmett Bailey earned his state cut in the classic by finishing in 23rd. Bailey, who had never Nordic skied before this season, has now earned a state invite in both disciplines (skate and classic).

“I didn’t expect it at all,” Bailey said of making it to state in his rookie season. “It feels really good. … I’ve had a lot of people helping me, and just skiing with the team has helped me a lot (in improving).”

Also competing on the boys’ side was Wade Rosko (36th) and Danny Cuadrado (41st).

On the girls’ side of the race, Ferguson wasn’t the only Summit skier to finish well.

Emily Patterson was the Tigers’ top finisher, coming in 22nd place.

Robyn Kresge (30th), Kailey Lockwood (37th), McKenzie Raley (44th) and Mikka Wickman (49th) all competed as well for Summit.

Team results were not available at time of print.

Summit also skied without a number of its racers.

“We had some kids that felt run down, so we decided to let some of them stay back and rest up,” SHS head coach Hannah Taylor said.

The state meet takes place at the Frisco Nordic Center Thursday (classic) and Friday (skate). The Nordic races start at 2 p.m. each day.


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