Team Breck’s Harrell, Walczyk take titles
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The treacherous 31-degree pitch of Breckenridge’s Mach 1 run made last weekend’s Rocky Mountain Division mogul event one of the toughest on the circuit. It also made the competition – dubbed Rock the Mach – an environment where the top talent rose above the rest of the field.
And, surprise, surprise, two Summit County skiers took home titles in their home events.
Kaitlyn Harrell – although only a 13-year-old J3 skier – won the overall crown for Saturday’s contest, and J1 skier Dylan Walczyk won the men’s side on Sunday.
For Harrell, the wins are becoming very regular, as her age category has been a foregone conclusion each of the last several weeks. She skied “fast and clean” in Saturday’s competition, her Team Breckenridge Sports Club coach John Dowling said, and won by two points over Winter Park’s Kelly Marshall.
Walczyk, meanwhile, recovered from an ankle sprain suffered during competition on Saturday to win the following morning. He threw a back full off the top air – the same jump he was injured on the day before – and topped teammate Bruce Perry, Jr., in the overall standings.
Perry, a 15-year-old, won his J2 division, earning yet another overall podium on the season.
Both Perry and Walczyk will be competing on the NorAm Tour starting this weekend. The two talented Team Breck skiers earned the spots through the U.S. Team Selections earlier this season. Perry will be the youngest athlete in the field this weekend in Park City, Utah.
Also having strong weekends in the team’s home event were Kira Wright, Lindsey Eckhoff, Sean Scanlan, Peirce McCrerey, Alex DeBonville, Bryce Sawhney, Jake Salter, Gabe Johnson and Stepan Haltmar.
Team Breck will be at Arapahoe Basin this weekend for both single and dual mogul competitions on the RMD tour.
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