SMS alpine boys team wins state title at Winter Park
Last Friday the Summit Middle School alpine team completed its sensational season at Winter Park with a state championship on the boys side, and a runner-up finish for the girls. Hannah Price led the charge for the girls, who finished a close second to East Grand’s girls. Price took fourth in the GS, while fellow SMS standouts Michelle Maddex and Sydney Schwab added points. Stephanie Walters, Haley Gage and Chelsea Rybak all took home ribbons as well.For the boys, Hunter Black put the icing on his cake of a season by winning both the GS and the combined slalom, enabling the boys to once again defend their state championship. Dale Moulton, Shane Werts and Matt Truesdell all had strong performances as well, as the boys skied to victory in both events. Ben Ferris Kacey Grosskreuz and Mathias Krainz all added ribbons to their collections.A heartfelt thanks goes out from the team to Keystone for providing the racers the opportunity to train after school twice a week.Team Summit freestylers end regular season on high noteSarah Ruckriegle punctuated a strong late-season push with second- and third-place finishes over the weekend at Aspen Highlands in the final regular season Rocky Mountain Freestyle competition of the year. Like the rest of the region’s bumpers and jumpers, Team Summit’s kids now have just divisional championships and the Junior Olympics remaining on their team schedule.Ruckriegle took second in Saturday’s moguls competition, with fellow Team Summit rippers Jordan Poyfair (11th), Mikaela Matthews (12th), Whitney Henceroth (14th), Caitlin Shay (16th) and Mallory Cleveland (18th) filling out a large portion of the rest of the top 20.Ruckriegle took third on Sunday to lead another strong charge from the Team Summit girls. Cheryl Pearson (sixth), Henceroth (seventh), Poyfair (11th), Matthews (12th), Becky Miller (13th) and Cleveland (18th) also took part in the impressive showing.For the Team Summit men, Riley Campbell stepped up to lead the way on Sunday, finishing 16th, and Scott McDonald took 21st in what turned out to be one of the strongest men’s freestyle fields of the year.The team now has two weeks to train before divisionals at Winter Park.J2 racers in action at Telluride in Rocky Mountain Trophy Series racesWith Olympians, U.S. Ski Team members and NCAA champions in the field, Summit’s local J2 speed demons held their own at a number of Rocky Mountain Trophy Series tech races in Telluride last weekend.Katie Hartman posted a Team Summit-best ninth in a GS on Sunday, a race in which Quantum Sports Club’s Alex Guras tied Team Summit’s Kirsten Cooper for 13th. Tucker Vest-Burton, a Summit native and past Summit High School state champion who now attends the Rowmark Ski Academy in Utah, finished fourth in that race.The top local boys result came from Team Summit’s Taggert Spenst, who finished 10th in a slalom on Monday. Fellow TS racers Josh Stuhr and Catrina Linhard also cracked the top 30 in slalom.Krone skis to four top-10 results at Winter Park J3 racesPromising Team Summit (TS) J3 skier Kristina Krone finished fourth and seventh in a pair of slaloms, and second and fifth in two GS races over the weekend at Winter Park. Four boys events and four girls events made up the overall J3 competition.Quantum Sports Club’s (QSC) Athena Brownson took fifth in a slalom and fourth in a GS, and Memory Anderson (TS) grabbed three top-10 finishes.Laurel Broten (TS) went home with a top 10 in both slalom and GS, while club teammates Jessa Bardin, Erin Breslin, Emily Naes and Jamie Anderson all posted top-30 results.For Team Summit’s J3 boys, Mark Miller’s second place in a GS was the top finish. Hunter Black finished in the top 20 all four races, while Brannon Sheely and Tyler McKnight each cracked the top 20 in two races.Zach Wade and Brian Joyce also made their way into the top 20 of a GS.
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