Team Summit freestylers start their season in style |

Team Summit freestylers start their season in style


WINTER PARK – Team Summit’s freestyle skiers picked up right where they left off last year in the USSA Rocky Mountain Freestyle Division competition opener last weekend in Winter Park. Local women took the top three spots on “Ambush” Saturday; Cheryl Pearson, Jordon Poyfair and Sarah Ruckriegle all skied aggressively and threw down spectacular aerials to beat a field loaded with some of the nation’s best. Lane Stoltzner finished ninth and Mikaela Matthews was 11th for Team Summit. Paige Eggebrecht just missed the cut for finals in 17th. On Sunday, Poyfair, the junior national champion last season, won the event. Pearson and Ruckriegle took the day off to rest up for the U.S. Selections event next week. Among Team Summit’s men, Justin Henceroth finished eighth and John Eaton took 12th on Saturday. Sunday, Eaton cemented a strong sixth-place finish by throwing an Iron Cross backflip and an off-axis 720, while Henceroth took the day off. Both are returning from knee injuries last season and came out showing that they were strong and ready. Frisco ripper Riley Campbell had a great weekend with his personal best scores and age-class podiums both days. Mike Degrandis, a J4 skiing against J3s, claimed second place in Sunday’s competition Next week, U.S. Freestyle Selections will be held on the same Winter Park run after being moved from Park City, Utah. Team Summit skiers will be vying for spots on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team and will be gunning for World Cup starts. Following that, Summit’s top freestyle moguls skiers will be competing on the NorAm circuit. Locally, the club’s freestylers will switch their training venue from Copper Mountain, which provided fantastic early training, according to the team, to Keystone. Go Devil, on Keystone’s Dercum Mountain, is the site of the next USSA Rocky Mountain Freestyle competition, the Keystone Freestyle Classic, set for Dec. 17-19. The event includes three days of competition moguls and slopestyle starts.