Summit’s Sean Scanlan snags mogul title |

Summit’s Sean Scanlan snags mogul title

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

The weather wreaked havoc on the course and the competition, but it couldn’t stop Summit’s Sean Scanlan in Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Division mogul event at Arapahoe Basin.

The two-day event got off to a rocky start with a healthy heaping of snow smothering the Slalom Slope course early on Saturday. The Team Summit crew running the event was able to clear off much of it, but there were a number of course holds because of a lack of visibility.

Still, the athletes were able to get in one run each.

And Scanlan took advantage. The Team Breckenridge skier switched up his normal run, threw a backflip iron cross off the first air and came down the hill with his first-career win.

“He ripped the middle section of the course and reeled it back in for a clean 360 off the steep bottom kicker,” Team Breck head coach John Dowling said.

Prior to Saturday’s win, Scanlan’s best finish in an RMD event was a sixth-place showing in Aspen earlier this winter.

The incredible run put him ahead of second-place finisher and Team Summit athlete Peter Kachadurian. Steamboat’s Bradley Hoefer was third.

On the girls’ side of the draw, Kira Wright of Team Breck finished in fifth, Lindsey Eckhoff was in the top-10, and Kaitlyn Harrell recovered from a fall to finish 11th.

Pierce McCrerey, Jake Salter, Bryce Sawhney, Gabe Johnson, Gwen Bassett, Shawna Welsh and Stepan Haltmer were among the other locals competing.

On Sunday, the dual moguls competition didn’t have to worry about bad weather, and the local contingent used the perfect conditions to rack up some high finishes. Harrell, Eckhoff and Wright went

3-4-5, respectively, in the girls’ competition, and Scanlan was fourth. Salter had a personal-best finish of eighth.

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