Four Middle Park High School skiers qualify for state GS
Middle Park High School Alpine ski racers Jake Charland, Hans Berggren, Nick Isaacs and Brenna Dee qualified for the state giant slalom competition at the Copper Mountain race Jan. 9.
Charland, Berggren and Isaacs were the only participants to compete in the race from the Panthers boys team. They raced against 64 participants, and the top 21 qualified for states.
“I am very satisfied this season with the team,” said coach Lisa Mirabito. “We have a lot of depth, which we lacked last season. The kids are working hard on improving technique.”
Jake Charland came in second place, his two times of 36.15 and 39.43 gave him a combination time of 1:15.58. Hans Berggren placed 10th; his two races of 39.00 and 40.86 gave him an overall time of 1:19.86. In 15th place was Nick Isaacs his first race at 41.06 and second time of 41.03 totaled 1:22.09.
Evergreen High came in first place with 170 points, and 20 people raced from their school. Middle Park high was second with 159 points. Summit High came in third place with 156 points. Fourth place was Nederland High with 155 points. Platte Canyon High took and fifth place and 147 points. Clear Creek High came in sixth place with 140 points.
Middle Park’s Brenna Dee took 11th place at Copper and qualified for the state giant slalom competition.
The girls Nordic ski competition at Copper had 62 participants, and the top 21 qualified for the state competition.
Dee’s two times of 40.73 and 43.86 gave her a combination time of 1:24.59. Hannah Davidson earned 32nd place; her two races of 45.68 and 48.88 totaled 1:34.56. In 55th place was Suzannah Mikol with a 1:17.79 and 54.07 to equal 2:11.86.
The Panthers took 4th place overall in the competition with 142 points. Evergreen High took first place with 177 points; Summit High came in second with 164 points; Nederland High took third place with 162 points; Clear Creek High scored fifth place with 140 points; sixth place was Platte Canyon High with 136 points; and Lake County High’s 48 points put the team in seventh place.
“We have a home race at Winter Park this Friday and this will be a true test of the teams’ ability,” Mirabito said. “This will be the first race where we will have the entire team racing. I expect that we will have good results with the depth we have on the team this year.”
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