Byrne, Sean McCormick ski to victory at Beaver Creek
Vail, CO Colorado
BEAVER CREEK – Greta Byrne, skiing for the U.S. Ski Team, and a member of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, took the win in Saturday’s USSA GS Spectacular on Beaver Creek’s Bear Trap run.
Byrne charged the hill to take the race by almost five seconds with a combined time of 1 minute, 55.90 seconds. Hilary Peterson and Kristina Ress, both skiing for the University of Colorado, rounded out the podium in 2nd and 3rd. Peterson had a 2:00.81 and Ress finished in 2:01.13.
The SSCV men swept the podium on this day with Sean McCormick taking the lead winning both runs to finish with a combined time of 1:51.71. Ian Lochhead took the silver tripping the finish in 1:54.57 and Anthony Romano finished 3rd in 1:54.72.
“Sean and Anthony both had a good day,” said coach Mike Wommack. “On a quick track they managed to stay ahead of it and keep themselves in the game.”
Also racing in Saturday’s venue were the J4 and J5 racers, and SSCV’s team did quite well. Run No. 1 for the J5 girls saw Nellie Talbot and Gabrielle Myers take first and third while the second J5 run had Nellie Talbot and Brianna Trudeau take first and second.
The J4 girls saw SSCV sweep the podium in both of their runs with Megan McGrew, Sasha Horn, and Katelin Hennum going 1-2-3 in run No. 1 and Mcgrew, Sarah Tyree, and Heidi Livran sweeping the podium for the second run.
For the J5 boys, SSCV’s Colby Lange and Brendan Keane took first and third on the first run. Run No. 2 saw Lange and Keane taking first and third again.
The J4 boys, in run No. 1, had local independent racer from Avon, Austin Baker, take first while SSCV’s Jack Keane, Woody Scruggs, and Quintin Cook placed second, third, and fourth. The second run for the J4 boys had Jack Keane and Woody Scruggs taking first and second, Austin Baker placing third, and Quintin Cook finishing fourth.
The USSA GS spectacular continues today at Beaver Creek.