McKnight takes fourth, sixth in FIS downhills at Beaver Creek |

McKnight takes fourth, sixth in FIS downhills at Beaver Creek

BEAVER CREEK – Team Summit J2 racer Ian McKnight finished fourth then sixth in a pair of FIS downhill races at Beaver Creek this weekend, leading the local Summit contingent at the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series speed stop.McKnight’s fourth place on Saturday made him the top J2 racer, a feat he duplicated on Sunday.The Trophy Series event also included two super-G’s and two downhill training runs. Racers from across the region convened for the chance to earn valuable FIS points that seed them on an international level.Team Summit’s Taggert Spenst finished 11th and 13th in the two races, while Tanner Macdonald skied to 14th in the second race, right behind Spenst.Tanner Bardin took 24th and 26th, “his best results of the season,” TS coach Dave Culp said. Aaron Phipps and Josh Stein, two more racers with local ties, also skied well.About 60 male racers competed in the downhills, which, like all FIS races, are open to kids 15 and older.On the girls side, TS star Katie Hartman took 11th in the first race to lead the locals. Coming off a podium finish in one of the super-G’s, she skied well on the top section of Beaver Creek’s Centennial course, but not as well on the lower portion.Kirsten Cooper, another local girl who stood on a super-G podium, struggled with illness, Culp said, leading to two DNFs.Quantum Sports Club’s Shun Sakaguchi posted the results of the week for Summit’s racers, finishing second and eighth in the two super-G’s. He didn’t race in the downhills.The ability racers continue their speed block with some women heading to a NorAm in Apex, Canada, this weekend, followed by men’s and women’s NorAms at Big Mountain, Mont.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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