Ruckriegle, Henceroth crack podium for Team Summit freestyle |

Ruckriegle, Henceroth crack podium for Team Summit freestyle

Led by Sarah Ruckriegle and Whitney Henceroth, Team Summit’s older freestyle team members had quite the successful weekend at a Rocky Mountain Divisional Series event in Steamboat last weekend.The first day was open moguls, meaning that competitors of all ages compete. On the womens’ side, Ruckreigle was second and Henceroth took third to give Team Summit two podium skiers. Becky Miller was 10th. Justin Henceroth was 10th, Team Summit’s only male top-10 finish for the day. The next day saw similar results, with Ruckriegle and Whitney Henceroth repeating their podium finishes. Miller moved up to seventh, and the men had a slightly better showing, with Brandon Denker in 12th, Eric Haywood in 13th and Riley Campbell in 14th. These skiers will next compete this weekend at Aspen.Team Summit devo sweeps moguls event at VailAmong the team’s younger freestyle contingent, the 12-and-under Team Summit skiers put on quite a show at Vail last Sunday. There were 34 males that skied in the J4 category, and at the end of the day, three Team Summit rippers stood on the podium. Kevin Broten won the event, Michael Martinez was runner-up and Ian Borgeson finished third. It didn’t end there for the local club, either. Hunter Smith took eighth, Kenny Savage was 21st and Samuel Miller skied to 27th. On the J4 ladies’ side, Alisha Scheifley finished second, Taylor Poyfair was fourth, and Sarah Johnson was sixth.The team was also successful in other age groups. Bruce Perry Jr. won the J5 boys age group with the highest air scores in the entire competition. Cole Poyfair also landed a spot on the podium, taking third. Tristan McDonald was 13th in this age group, and Gabe Johnson finished 16th. For the J6 males, Trent and Pierce McCrerey were second and third, respectively. “Finally, some of the youngest Team Summit competitors got a taste of success,” Team Summit development director Katherine Lynch said.This was the first devo event of the season. The next event is in Steamboat on Jan. 15.

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