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Tiger skiers taste victory again

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

Proving why its considered the top team in Colorado, the Summit High alpine ski team cruised to wins in both the boys’ and girls’ races Saturday at Loveland.

Competing in slalom for the seven-team event, the boys placed six skiers in the top-11 and won the team title by 17 points over Shrine Pass-rival Battle Mountain. The girls’ team, led by Ellie Hartman’s overall win, had four of the top-six finishers in the field and beat second-place Battle Mountain by 13 points.

Needless to say, it was a dominating performance for the Tigers.

“Both sides look really good,” SHS head coach David Ellena said via e-mail. “We have some very consistent skiing going on and we’re definitely carrying some momentum headed into state.”

On the girls’ side of the draw, Hartman won the race by more than 2 seconds over Clotilde Pascale of Vail Mountain School. Her two times – 40.64 in Run 1 and 41.02 on Run 2 – were two of the three fastest girls’ times on the day.

Summit’s Stefanie Walters was fourth in the race, while teammates Hannah Price and Haley Gage finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Also earning some impressive finishes for Summit were Madie Hayes (13th), Shelbee Wood (20th), Jessie May (24th) and Julia Bishop (31st).

For the boys, Brian Hartman led the way with a second-place finish. He finished with a two-run total of 1 minute, 20 seconds. Teammates Will Cutler (1:24.89) and Ian Parker (1:26.05) were right behind Hartman in third and fourth, respectively.

Summit’s Ridge Strickler, Grant Peterson and Matthias Krainz were ninth, 10th and 11th, respectively.

Matthew Goldstein (19th), Nick Resignolo (25th), Drew Peterson (26th), Austin Arrance (27th), Jeremy Keen (28th) and Wiley Kaupus (34th) all finished both runs for the Tigers.

Summit has a meet Friday at Vail, before a week off heading into the State Meet. State is Feb. 18-19 at Keystone.


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