Summit senior prevails at Gold Run
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. Briana Perkins has been nordic skiing long enough to know when it’s right to bide her time.The Summit High School senior started Thursday’s skate race at Gold Run strategically slow, then kicked it into high gear to claim victory.”We just came back from senior nationals in Michigan,” said Perkins, who finished in 18 minutes, 9.1 seconds. “So I was supposed to go a little easier to help me recover [from three races in five days at sea level].”Perkins has also been experiencing significant ankle pain during skate races, which she said was another concern coming in to Thursday’s mass-start race.The two-time state champion persevered, however, and led the Lady Tigers to a team victory in the process. The hosts, who scored 170 points, were followed by Steamboat (157) and Aspen (156).Vail Christian’s Jessica Linder was the individual runner-up (18:22), and Lake County’s Katie Stege took third (18:27.5). Mackenzie Jones, who accompanied Perkins in Michigan, finished fourth in 19:11.”It was a lot harder to breathe today,” said Jones, who got back to Summit on Monday night.
“I’m not convinced that they’re in their best form yet,” Tigers coach Gene Dayton said of Perkins and Jones. “They did well today, but I think they’ve got a whole lot left that you’re going to see in upcoming races.”
Summit’s boys team, which finished sixth out of 14 teams, was led by Tyler Reinking (sixth place, 16:26), who held second until the home stretch.
“I wasn’t in a great position,” Reinking explained. “I was like in the middle of nowhere. There was no one to look for or to pace off. Behind me was all there was. When the group of three caught up to me on the last loop, my muscles were so dead I couldn’t stand straight up.”Reinking had an understandable reason for bonking: He was chasing one of the best junior racers in the country, Aspen’s Scott Lacy.
“Lacy raced last week in Michigan and was supposed to be going easier today,” Reinking said. “But he’s not the sort of kid who listens to that type of instruction. He’s so competitive that it just naturally happens. When he gets in a race situation, he’s going to go. My goal today was to stick with him, and that’s how I got caught in the middle.”Lacy, who will represent the United States as one of the top 6 J1s in the country at the upcoming Scandinavian Cup, will miss the remainder of the high school season.”I’m not going to state,” Lacy said. “I still treated this as a race, did a proper warmup, a proper cool-down and all of that, but I think I was mainly out here to have fun.”Lacy finished in 14:58.8 – more than a minute ahead of runner-up Kyle Steitz of Steamboat (16:09.4) and Lake County’s Chris Lange (16:12), who took third.
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