AHS boys take state skiing crown
Led by top guns Paul Britvar, Brandon Cooper, Noah Hoffman and Matt Fox, the Aspen High School boys ski team captured the Colorado high school state skiing championship on Saturday in Summit County.
Based on cumulative results from four events Friday and Saturday ” slalom and giant slalom at Keystone, nordic classic and freestyle at the Breckenridge golf course ” the AHS boys edged out defending champion and host Summit 672 points to 652. Middle Park was a distant third (563), and the Colorado Rocky Mountain School finished 12th (187).
Despite Jenny Hearn’s dominating victories in both alpine events, the AHS girls finished third as a team with 617 points, behind Summit (656) and Steamboat Springs (627). (For complete results, see page A15.) The Aspen teams race under a combined AHS-AVSC banner.
“The boys were on,” said coach Mike Flynn. “It was unique in the sense that both nordic and alpine pretty much contributed equally. They both did their jobs.”
The AHS boys finished second to Summit last year, but in 2000 and 2002, the Skier boys won it all. The AHS girls won four consecutive state titles from 2000 to 2003.
“The amazing thing is that even though they skied so well, it was still close,” said Flynn. “But now, that’s seven state championships [for boys and girls] since 2000, which ain’t bad. The community of Aspen is producing some pretty good skiers.”
Aspen’s Britvar won the state slalom title, and Matt Fox (fourth), Brandon Briscoe (fifth), Sam Coffey (seventh) and Wiley Maple (11th) packed the top of the standings. In the giant slalom, Fox and Britvar finished 3-4, respectively, with Coffey and Briscoe ninth and 15th.
In the 5K nordic classic, Aspen’s Brandon Cooper led the way with a second place finish. Geoff Walker was sixth, Noah Hoffman was seventh, Barton Tofany was 14th and Ryan Waldron was 15th.
In the 5K nordic freestyle, Hoffman was Aspen’s pace-setter, finishing fourth. Cooper was sixth, Walker was ninth, Waldron 12th and Tofany 15th.
Much of the boys team had to pile into vans to head off to a race Sunday in Telluride with AVSC. Flynn said the team remained in close contact as the final scores were being tallied.
“They all left immediately to go off to another race, so they were calling up all the time to find out,” he said. “They were pretty psyched. They did a great job and I think they enjoyed it a great deal.”
For the AHS girls, Hearn becomes the first AHS alpine skier to sweep both races since the 1980s, according to Flynn. She won the GS by more than two and a half seconds, and the slalom by one and a half.
Bo Forster was eighth in the GS, followed by Christina Van Moorsel (25th) and Syd Cantrell (31st). In the slalom, Van Moorsel was seventh and Forster was 19th.
On the nordic side, Laura Hatanaka led the Skiers in both races with a third in the classic and a fourth in the freestyle. Christy Severy was seventh in the freestyle and 16th in the classic, one spot behind Cornelia Carpenter. Katie Bird was 21st in the freestyle and 31st in the classic.
“It was real close at the end of the first day, but Summit’s girls pulled away a little bit,” said Flynn.
In the girls classic race, which featured a mass startfor the first time, a pack of about five girls including Hatanaka held a one-minute lead over the rest of the field. A crowd of approximately 500 people lined the course.
“They were just battling it out, it was incredible,” said Flynn. “There were hundreds of people, and the weather was miserable, too. It was cool.”
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