Team Summit racers take top spots in Winter Park
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With four days of racing in the past week in Winter Park, some Team Summit alpine skiers locked up some solid results in a series of FIS Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup races.
In all, the team had 51 top-30 finishes in the nine races or men’s and women’s downhill, super-G and super combined.
“The team is skiing great,” Team Summit coach Sylvan Kaufman said via e-mail. “Just about every race we have kids on the podium and moving way up in the rankings.”
Last Saturday, in the first men’s super-G race, Fletcher McDonald finished fifth, just two spots ahead of teammate Hunter Black.
Also in the race, Conor McDonald (15th), Luc Chevalier (18th), George Rodney (22nd), Mark Miller (24th) and Kegan Zorens (26th) all finished well.
On the women’s side of the race, Jamie Anderson was the top Summit skier, finishing in 22nd place. Nicole Anderson was 25th, and Ellie Hartman wound up in 28th.
The following day of races consisted of another men’s super-G race and men’s and women’s super-combined competitions.
In the super-G, Fletcher McDonald led the local contingent again in fourth place, with Miller (seventh) and Black (eighth) right behind him.
Victor Major was 11th, Conor McDonald was 12th, Chevalier 16th, Ryan Messett 17th, Rodney 20th, Brian Hartman 27th, Zorens 28th and Doug MacIsaac was 30th.
The same day in the super combined, racers ski a run of both super-G and slalom, and the times of the two races are added together for a final total.
Summit placed three skiers in the top-10 in the event, with Fletcher McDonald and Black finishing first and second, respectively. Zorens was 10th.
Also, Rodney (12th), Hartman (15th), Cory Ketai (17th), Colin Hayes (25th) and Kevin Krone (27th) all finished well for the team.
Nicole Anderson led the women’s side in the race, finishing in 16th place. Ellie Hartman (21st) and Jamie Anderson (22nd) were also in the top-30.
Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the team competed in downhill races – on each day for men and women.
Major led the team both days on the men’s side, finishing third on Tuesday and fourth on Wednesday.
Both Chevalier (fifth and seventh) and Conor McDonald (eighth and ninth) finished the top-10 both days.
Also competing in downhill were Zorens (14th), Nick Burns (17th and 14th), Brian Hartman (19th) and Hayes (29th both days).
For the women, Nicole Anderson led the team Tuesday with a ninth-place finish, and Ellie Hartman’s ninth-place was tops on Wednesday.
Krystin Wignall also competed for the team, finishing 29th Tuesday and 28th on Wednesday.
Kaufman was pleased with her team’s performance over the week.
“These kids work really hard and sacrifice a lot,” the coach said. “It’s great to see them have success at the races.”
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at email@example.com.
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