Flames snowboarders third in men's Rail Jam and Slopestyle
March 15, 2019 | Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Highlighting this week's United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships, Liberty University's men's snowboard team repeated its third-place Rail Jam showing from 2017 on Wednesday before matching last season's third-place finish in Friday's men's Slopestyle competition under sunny skies on majestic Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
In the eight-school Rail Jam event, the Flames totaled 23 points to finish behind Westminster (14) and Sierra Nevada (18) and well in front of Southeast Conference rival North Carolina State (fourth, 78).
Individually, junior Milo Rice placed second with a finals score of 55.25, behind only Westminster's Robbie Roethler (58.5) and ahead of Sierra Nevada's Benjamin Hojnoski (54) and Alex Schoff (50.75).
Flames senior Garrett Long and sophomore Owen Hewitt also advanced to the 16-rider finals, placing ninth (24.75) and 12th (21.75), respectively. Sophomore Payton Fedako barely missed the finals and finished 18th with his 18.5 run.
In Friday's men's snowboard Slopestyle, the final competition involving Liberty team members, the Flames accumulated 44 points to again finish third behind only Westminster (8) and Sierra Nevada (29) and ahead of the Wolfpack (55), Cal State Long Beach (67), and San Diego State (68).
Rice was the only Liberty representative in the 16-man finals and finished eighth with a score of 79.33. That placed him in front of NC State's Duncan Nielander (ninth, 77) and behind five Westminster riders, including Roethler, the overall champion with a 93, and Sierra Nevada's Schoff (third, 92).
Liberty's men's skiers placed fourth out of 14 schools in Thursday's Slopestyle competition with 29 team points, narrowly missing a podium finish behind Sierra Nevada (9), Vermont (17), and Colorado Boulder (28). Senior Isaac Shepard (74.67) and sophomore Cole Loomis (63.33) finished seventh and eighth, respectively to pace the Flames. Junior Jeffrey Loftus finished 14th with his 56-point run, narrowly missing the finals.
Complete results are available online.