The Summit Excessive Faculty Nordic ski workforce by no means disappoints whereas competing at residence. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the workforce continued to show that assertion because the workforce hosted a skate race on the Gold Run Nordic Middle in Breckenridge for the Tigers’ sole residence meet of the season.
Opposite to final weekend the place Summit overcame robust, winter storm circumstances to position first and third within the skate portion of the Maloit Park Nordic races, the workforce was met with milder temperatures combined with shifting wind on Wednesday afternoon.
As snow blew throughout the course, the women 5-kilometer skate race began off in waves of athletes. As soon as all of the racers had left the beginning space, skiers gritted their tooth all through the course and tried to not get blown off stability by the howling wind.
Inside a couple of minutes, it turned obvious that the race to the end line was going to be between Summit junior Ella Hagen and Battle Mountain Excessive Faculty’s Lindsey Whitton.
Though the 2 skiers didn’t begin collectively, the race to the end line was tight till Hagen discovered an additional gear up the ultimate hill to in the end win the race. Hagen crossed the end line in 16 minutes, 49 seconds to beat Whitton in second place by just below three seconds.
Hagen’s particular person race title was adopted by a number of extra spectacular performances by the remainder of the Summit women Nordic snowboarding roster. Heidi Frey was the subsequent Tiger within the closing outcomes, putting 14th general in a time of 19:09.66 earlier than Lily Zygulski adopted in fifteenth in 19:12.16. Fiona Florio positioned fortieth (21:03.75), Katherine Williams took forty fifth (21:27.27), Milla Phaf positioned 73rd (26:01.92) and Madelyn Heil positioned 79th (32:52.24).
The robust racing from the women workforce resulted in a third-place end on the workforce’s residence meet. Summit scored 185 factors, and Battle Mountain Excessive Faculty gained the meet with 209 factors.
Because the boys discipline equipped for its race, the wind abruptly died down, clouds cleared and the solar peeked out, elevating the temperature significantly from a couple of minutes in the past.
With extra favorable race circumstances, Summit sophomore Carter Niemkiewicz jetted off the beginning line and didn’t let up till he had crossed the end line. The show of health and dedication led Niemkiewicz to position second general in a time of 14:55.73 whereas Vail Mountain Faculty’s Will Brunner gained the race in 14:40.70.
Exhibiting off the workforce’s depth and intentions to vie for an additional state title in a number of weeks, Summit put 5 different skiers throughout the high 30 with junior Josh Shriver main the way in which for the crew, putting seventh with a time of 15:23.45.
“I had by no means raced this course earlier than, and loads of these trails are simply put in for the highschool race. I had no thought what to anticipate,” Shriver stated. “I simply didn’t overthink an excessive amount of and began snowboarding. I felt like I saved it fairly even. It obtained onerous in the direction of the top, however I saved up the tempo and the trouble. A few of my teammates had nice races, too.”
Parker Osborn positioned tenth general (15:41.89), Bryce Oppito completed in sixteenth (15:55.40), Cain Steinweg took nineteenth (16:10.46) and Griffin Heins positioned twenty seventh (16:32.00). Malachi Love positioned thirty eighth (17:09.14), Donovan Ramey took forty second (17:13.77), Brody Henning positioned forty sixth (17:31.59) and Owen Fallon positioned 57th (17:59.52).
Love and Ramey particularly had standout performances and certified for the state championship skate race, their final alternative to take action.
Placing seven athletes throughout the high 40, the Summit boys Alpine ski workforce positioned second on the residence meet with a complete of 210 factors. Poudre Faculty District gained the meet with 214 factors, and Eagle Valley Excessive Faculty took third.
“Now we have a loopy workforce, particularly on the boys aspect in Nordic this yr,” Shriver stated. “Like our No. 8 or 9 man might in all probability be some workforce’s No. 1 or 2. The depth out there may be loopy. If one in every of us has a foul day, it doesn’t actually matter as a result of there are 4 different guys who will do good.”
The Summit Nordic ski workforce will now start prep for the the dash championships in Steamboat Springs on Feb. 17 and the state Nordic snowboarding championships in Granby from Feb. 22-23.
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