Poyfair loses the backflip, wins the competition
WINTER PARK – Jordan Poyfair continued the Team Summit women’s winning ways last Saturday, topping the podium at Winter Park for her second Rocky Mountain Freestyle moguls win of the season.The 16-year-old reigning junior national champion scaled back her aerials package in favor of improving her turns and speed. It worked. During her winning run Poyfair threw a heli and a double twister instead of the back flip she has been using, while earning the highest turn marks of the day and outrunning the paceset by more than a second. “I’m definitely feeling more confident in my skills the more I ski,” said Poyfair, a natural athlete for whom the Winter Park competition was just the second in a month.Team Summit head coach John Dowling said he has been working with Poyfair lately on “rounding out her whole package.” The 5-foot-11 multisport star took second to her teammate Sarah Ruckriegle the week prior – part of a 1-2-3-4-5-6 Team Summit sweep in duals – and missed out on a shot at the win when her ski popped off after the second kicker. Poyfair later realized her binding’s toepiece was loose.
They fixed the problem before Saturday’s competition, and she did the rest with her skiing. The key, she said, has been getting more comfortable and relaxed before each run; Saturday, she said she felt like she was “in the zone.””It’s starting to click” for her, Dowling said.As usual, there wasn’t just one Team Summit female on the podium. Becky Miller tallied near-perfect scores on her back flip to take third and further a solid season thus far. Mikaela Matthews used what Dowling called “some of her best turns of the year” to earn a personal-best score and claim fourth, while Paige Eggebrecht finished 11th.
In the men’s singles competition Saturday, John Eaton led the local squad with an eighth-place finish against a stiffer-than-average field that featured some top competition from the East. Team Summit’s Eric Haywood broke out his front flip to earn his highest air scores yet this season, and placed 15th overall and fourth in the J2 division. Twelve-year-old Mike DeGrandis, meanwhile, topped the J3 division despite the fact that he’s not even old enough to be listed in the category. Riley Campbell also cracked the top 20 in 19th overall, and J3 Bobby Brown broke out a D-spin in the final and finished fourth among J3s.In the duals competition on Sunday, Ruckriegle took third behind local favorite Kelly Slater, who skied to the win on her home course. Matthews finished fifth and Miller placed sixth for Team Summit. Eggebrecht tied for ninth.
On the men’s side, Eaton and Haywood tied for ninth to lead their club’s contingent.Team Summit was without some of its top skiers in Winter Park; they stayed home to train for this weekend’s NorAm Cup competition at Deer Valley in Utah.Poyfair was one of the club’s only skiers competing at Deer Valley who elected to compete at Winter Park, too.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at email@example.com.
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