Tigers withstand lackluster day at Beaver Creek
BEAVER CREEK – On a day that featured mostly lowlights for the Summit High School alpine team, Fletcher McDonald provided a highlight. After recently completing the team’s minimum practice requirement, McDonald appeared in his first race of the season on Friday.The junior’s season debut proved auspicious as he led the Tigers with a fifth-place finish in the slalom.”Fletcher’s return is a lift for the team,” Summit coach Tory Hauser said. “Hopefully, he’ll add some depth at the state slalom meet.”In addition to McDonald, only three other Tigers had top-10 finishes. On the boys side, sophomore Drew Beling finished sixth. The Lady Tigers were once again led by Alex Guras (fourth place) and Erin Breslin (10th). In all, five Summit racers did not finish the slalom and two were disqualified.In the team results, Summit’s boys and girls teams took third and fifth places, respectively. Both Steamboat Springs’ teams were overall winners.Results for Friday’s slalom at Beaver Creek were not available for several days following the race.”It wasn’t a very good day at the races,” Hauser said. “We had a lot of DNF’s.”Tanner Macdonald and Zach Fretz were among the top Summit skiers that did not finish Friday’s slalom.”Zach skied really well his first run but then his ski popped off,” Hauser said. “He was very disappointed.”Adding to Fretz’s disappointment is the fact that he has yet to qualify for next month’s state meet. Taylor Lynch, another Summit standout, has qualified for state in GS but not in slalom. Lynch was absent from Friday’s slalom.”They’re the two (Fretz and Lynch) that I’m most worried about as far as qualifying for state,” Hauser said. “They’re obviously good skiers and we really want them on the team.”As for Guras and Breslin, Hauser says they’re both on the verge of achieving greatness.”They have the will to win but right now, there’s a couple of girls that are still faster then them,” Hauser said. “If they can ski a touch faster, they’ll be winning races; which I know they want to do.”Freshman Sydney Schwab provided a positive note for the Summit girls by qualifying for state with a 37th-place finish. Rounding out the top 25 on the boys side were Tanner Bardin (18th), Kevin Coleman (23rd), Hunter Black (24th) and Mark Miller (25th).The Tigers have just two more races left, which means time is running out on Hauser’s preseason goal: to qualify as many Summit athletes for the state meet as possible.”I hate that we have to wait until the last minute to qualify people, that’s a lot of pressure,” Hauser said. “Well, guess what? That’s where they’re at.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631 or at email@example.com.
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