Tigers Alpine ski teams finish on podium at Winter Park slalom
FRISCO — The Summit High School Alpine ski team had its most successful meet this season Thursday when the boys finished runner-up and the girls took third while competing in slalom at Winter Park Resort.
Racing to second behind Middle Park, which had a bit of a home-hill advantage, the Tigers boys earned 163 points paced by the breakout performance by freshman Michael Cheek. Cheek blazed to fourth-place overall powered by a second run that was the fastest of any skier Thursday. His second run time of 48:17 paired with his first run time of 44:08 for a total time of 1:33.05, which earned the Tigers 57 points.
The Tigers also received points toward the team total Thursday from senior Sully Wheeler (seventh, 1:37.03) and Gavin Masters (ninth, 1:39.91). Summit sophomore Kevin Reddell also finished in the top 20 Thursday with a time of 1:50.46.
As for the Tigers girls, the team’s 157-point third-place finish was led by sophomore Paige Petersen. Petersen raced to fourth place on the strength of a fast first run through the slalom course that was the third-fastest of any skier (47.87). Petersen’s second-run time of 43.75 combined with the first for a total time of 1:31.62.
Petersen’s fellow sophomore Victoria Uglyar earned the team 51 points with the Tigers’ second-fastest girls time on the day, a combined total of 1:42.80, which placed her 10th. Summit junior Olivia Westall’s 13th-place time of 1:44.41 earned the team 49 points. Fellow junior Bryton Ferrari raced to 20th on Thursday with a time of 1:50.68.
Summit next will ski at Thursday’s giant slalom at Ski Cooper.
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