Summit ski racers dominate speed, tech events
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County’s top ski racers dominated events last weekend in Steamboat Springs and Winter Park.
The best example was the men’s super-G at Steamboat, where Quantum Sports Club athletes Jason McNeill, Eric Scott and Pete Petry landed in the top 10 for both races.
“What was fun about all the races was there were some U.S. Ski Team racers there, the West region sent a team and Denver University, the University of New Mexico and the University of Utah were there, too,” said Quantum coach John Leffler, who works with the International Federation of Skiing (FIS) level athletes. “It’s really good for them to see where they are.”
In the men’s first super-G, seven locals finished in the top 30, including Andrew Wagner, Shun Sakaguchi, Austin Johnson and Evan Barrett.
In the second super-G, Wagner finished 11th, Barrett finished 13th, Johnson finished 20th and Team Summit’s Taggart Spenst landed in 30th.
Team Summit’s Bobby Paulus was the top finisher among J2 athletes in both races.
In the women’s first super-G, Quantum’s Amy Beresford placed 11th, while Team Summit’s Katie Hartman and Kirsten Turner finished 14th and 28th, respectively.
In the women’s second super-G, Quantum’s Lauren Brien placed eighth, while Lyndee Janowiak landed in 11th. Hartman and Turner were 13th and 27th.
Beresford’s third-place finish in the second giant slalom at Winter Park last weekend led the locals in technical events.
Beresford’s second-run time of 1 minute, 1.47 seconds was faster than U.S. Ski Team member Lauren Van Ness’ second run, but Van Ness took the race.
Janowiak (ninth), Brien (11th), Julia Wong (20th) and Hartman (21st) also put up good times.
In the first giant slalom, Janowiak’s fifth-place showing led all locals.
Beresford (seventh), Hartman (11th) and Wong (12th) helped round out the finishers.
In the men’s first giant slalom, Petry put up two consistent runs to end up in fifth, while McNeill (18th) and Wagner (27th) notched top-30 placements.
In the second giant slalom, Scott beat winner David Lamb’s second run time, but still ended up in fourth. McNeill (11th), Wagner (21st) and Paulus (25th) also had solid showings.
The teams will train in Summit County before resuming competitions in January.
Quantum will take some of its top athletes to Europe for a two-month stint.
Every year, one boy and one girl from the Rocky Mountain/Central Region are chosen to compete in an international youth race in Topalino, Italy in February.
But first, they must qualify. Six Summit County athletes have been chosen to compete in the 12-person field at the Topalino Trials Dec. 27-30. Quantum’s Taylor Lynch and William Truesdell will join Team Summit’s Drew Beling, Alexis Vest-Burton and Blaine Martin in the race.
Summit County’s Alice McKennis, an independent racer who trains with Team Summit, will also compete.
“That will be fun for those athletes,” Quantum Sports Club’s Olin Armstrong said. “There’s a lot of pressure on those kids, but it’s done in a positive atmosphere. After all, we want to see which athletes can perform on a stage like that.”
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