SMS alpiners sweep the state championships at Winter Park |

SMS alpiners sweep the state championships at Winter Park

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WINTER PARK – The Summit Middle School alpine ski racers finished the season with a dominant final performance last weekend at Winter Park. Both the boys and girls teams won the state title.Hanna Price once again led the Tiger girls, bringing home two silver medals, while Stefanie Walters brought home bronze in the combined slalom. She also took fourth in the giant slalom.

Teammate Haley Gage finished sixth in both races as Summit captured first by a large margin. For the boys, Zach Michieli won a bronze and silver medal and Dale Moulton earned a bronze in GS and fourth place in the slalom. Grant Peterson’s two seventh-place finishes sealed the deal for the boys to outdistance the other teams and bring home the trophy.

Coaches Al Splettstosser and John Spierling said they’re very pleased with the growth of all of the team’s racers over the course of the season. Thanks to opportunity to train at night at Keystone, Spierling said, “All of our racers improved their skills tremendously.” Madeline Hayes and Michael Daniels benefited greatly from their training. Hayes finished ninth and 10th in the state slalom and GS, respectively. And Daniels earned 10th and 14th place finishes, allowing him to share the “most improved” award with Hayes.

Ian King (eighth), Matt Truesdell (ninth), Pual McSparin (11th) and Bross Hannon (14th) marked a state slalom combined event in which Summit racers finished in commanding fashion. On the GS side, Mcsparin (ninth), Mathias Krainz (11th) and Truesdell (13th) added to the haul of ribbons for SMS racers. Sixth-grader Sarah Johnson earned two 12th-place ribbons, demonstrating that the future of Summit’s middle school alpine racers continues to be bright.

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