Alpine teams soar at Golden Peak
A day after the county’s three Nordic, high-school teams romped all over their home course at the Vail Nordic Center, the Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley and Vail Mountain alpine teams did the same trick at Golden Peak on Saturday.
While team results weren’t available at press time, a gaggle of Huskies, Devils and Gore Rangers punched their ticket to state in the first slalom race of the season.
A good place to start would be the Huskies girls’ team. The likes of Lauren Arnold (fourth, 1 minute, 18.31 seconds), Keegan Garnsey (eighth, 1:21.00) and Heidi Lauterbach (12th, 1:24.97) put up points and made state times. But they’ll have company in February. If it weren’t for the fact that state alpine is at Beaver Creek, five minutes from campus, Huskies coach Mike Brown would need to rent a big bus. Brittany Peterson (23rd), Kate Van Hee (28th), Jenna Hughes (30th) and Heidi Moore (31st) all slid in under the state-cut line, which was 34th.
From the VMS girls’ contingent, Courtney Robinson cracked the top 10 in the sixth place with a time of 1:18.82. Haleigh Armstrong followed in 16th, another strong showing from the defending Skimeister. Alex Delude was the Gore Rangers’ third scorer in 49th.
Eagle Valley qualified a trio. Your state-bound Devils are Hannah Nelson (14th, 1:25.61), Annie Vogel (21st, 1:28.23) and Lindsay Kunkel (22nd, 1:28.87).
On the boys’ side, Battle Mountain’s Dak Steiert led all locals in 15th. With the state-cut at 35th, Taylor Roach (23rd, 1:52.40), Jeff Green (30th, 1:55.12), Clayton McRory (31st, 1:55.57) and Chad Shoulders (33rd, 1:55.98) are state-bound.
As was the case with the Lady Devils, the Eagle Valley boys have three ready for state. Matt Herr (16th, 54.94), Matt Luczkow (18th, 1:50.21) and Kyle Green (21st, 1:51.69) all have reservations. Chris Brandi should be joining them soon. He finished just two spots out of the running in 37th.
Skimeister Duncan Robinson led VMS in 17th with a time of 1:50.14. Teammate Patrick Scanlan is also going to state after finishing 27th. Blake Higgins, in 50th, rounded out the scoring for the Gore Rangers.
All three teams are at Winter Park on Friday.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.