Huskies’ Simonton makes it a double
ELDORA — Battle Mountain’s Sands Simonton, you’ve just won two state titles in how many days — now what are you going to do?
Disneyland? Jet over to Sochi, Russia for the Olympics?
Actually, he caught the flu and was understandably out like a light on Saturday afternoon.
It’s well earned rest. The Huskies junior finished the season on Friday, adding a slalom state title to his giant slalom victory on Thursday at Eldora. Those results along with a solid team effort moved Battle Mountain into second place behind Aspen for the event, the Huskies’ best finish at the state meet since they previously won the title in 2001.
Simonton led from wire to wire in the slalom with the fastest times in both runs.
“He is a very relaxed skier,” Huskies coach Simon Marsh said. “The pressure doesn’t get to him. He knows how to build an angle and be high in the turn. He maintains his speed and is always early into each turn. It’s as basic as possible.”
Teammate Quintin Cook with sixth, which was pretty astounding given that he had a second-run stumble. The Huskies’ Keenan Zopf tied for 10th with Evergreen’s Skyler Yanish at 1 minute. 35.35 seconds. That put Battle Mountain second in the team scores for the disciple behind Evergreen and was a 14-point gain on Aspen, going into the freestyle Nordic race in the afternoon.
Huskies vs Skiers
While no one knew it at the time, the Huskies and the Skiers, Aspen’s mascot for the sake of clarification, were tied after three events and the freestyle would determine the state title. Aspen finished second in the skate with 157 points, followed by Eagle Valley at 154 and Battle Mountain at 146, and so the state title went to Pitkin County.
Battle Mountain’s Cameron Moore was fourth in the freestyle, Franklin Reilly 23rd and Quintin Cook 26th. The Devils were well-represented by Nathan Maddox in seventh, Michael Niemeyer in 10th and Will Thrasher in 13th.
FrischHolz DNF in Slalom
On the girls’ side Battle Mountain’s Abby Davidson logged the top local finish in 13th in slalom. GS champion, Haley Frischholz, was a DNF. The Huskies’ Linnea Anderson was 10th in freestyle.
While the Huskies boys fell 11 points short of a state title, here’s a scary thought. Their big three in alpine are juniors Simonton and Zopf and Cook is a sophomore.
“We’re ready to start next season,” Marsh joked. “We wish it would start right now. Everyone saw how close we are. On the bus, both alpine and Nordic (athletes) were talking about how motivated they are for next year.”
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