Victorious frosh Hausman leads SHS Nordic
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – With Summit High School’s top guns in Utah competing at the U.S. Cross Country Championships, the team’s future Nordic stars stepped up Friday.Freshman Hannah Hausman won the girls freestyle race by a longshot, and sophomore Tyler Reinking finished third in the boys competition to lead the Tigers at the Steamboat Springs Nordic Center. According to SHS head coach Tom Sain, the Tiger girls won the race overall, while the boys took third. Team results were unofficial as of Saturday afternoon.There was no question, however, about Hausman’s performance. The short-striding Boulder transplant finished the 5K course in 20 minutes, 17 seconds; her time was 40 seconds better than that of the runner-up.”Hannah’s a little powerhouse,” Sain said, noting the freshman is stronger in the freestyle skate discipline than the classic technique. “She’s gonna be something else.”Three-time state champion Brittany Perkins and her all-state sister Briana are among the SHS contingent competing at nationals this week, along with boys stars Pat Neel, Kevin Soller and Thomas Sawyer.Plenty of their fellow Tigers stepped up in their absence. Summit put seven girls in the top 20 overall, including Hausman. Leah Venturoni took seventh (22:05); Mackenzie Jones was 10th (22:18); Lauren Jefferson followed in 11th (22:32); Jenya Berino finished 13th (23:26); Shannon Sonnett skied to 14th (23:37); and Morgan Major placed 17th.”It’s pretty cool about this team that the girls won the team race without the top two girls even being there,” Sain said. “That’s a lot of depth.”Meanwhile, Reinking led three boys in the top 10 by finishing in 18 minutes flat. Marshall Snead took seventh (18:41) and Matt Bowers was ninth (18:53), while Alan Harrington (17th, 20:06) and Richard Hayes (22nd, 20:22) made up the remainder of Summit’s top five boys.Sain said the boys results, while deemed official after the race, still might be changed due to timing discrepancies that were likely caused by a mixup of start waves.”There’s something there that’s not right, I know that for sure,” Sain said of the times, which he called “a little bit suspect.””Whether that’ll change anyone’s finish places, I don’t know,” he said.Regardless, Sain said having a chance for the younger skiers to step up in their star peers’ absence greatly boosts their confidence. “There’s no doubt about that,” he said.Vawter-Beaird stays hot, wins Eagle Valley tournamentGYPSUM – Summit High School senior wrestler Andrew Vawter-Beaird made a triumphant post-holidays return to competition Saturday, winning the 125-pound division at the Demon Invite at Eagle Valley. Vawter-Beaird received a first-round bye, then won three straight matches, capping the run by defeating an Arvada wrestler by decision in the final. He is now a remarkable 14-1 on the year and has won two straight invitational tournaments.”He’s getting a lot of attention from other coaches,” SHS coach Jim Melvin said. “People are really keeping their eye on him, becuase they know we’ve got something there.”Vawter-Beaird has until next week to decide if he wants to drop down to 119 pounds, the weight class at which he qualified for the state tournament last year.”He’s doing real well at 125, so it’s going to be his call,” Melvin said.Tim Gurule, the only other Tiger healthy enough to compete on Saturday, lost both his matches.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at email@example.com.
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