Ski, snowboard teams soar to first place in USCSA Southeast
January 26, 2019 | McGaheysville, Va.
Liberty University's ski & snowboard team experienced another successful USCSA Southeast Conference competition this past Saturday at Massanutten Resort, with its men's and women's ski teams placing first and its men's snowboard team taking second in the slopestyle events.
Combined with their first-place finishes in men's snowboarding and women's skiing and second-place men's skiing showing at the season-opening competition at Appalachian (N.C.) Ski Mountain on Jan. 19, the Flames and Lady Flames now lead the Southeast Conference standings in all three divisions.
"It was a pretty strong showing and good weekend," Liberty Assistant Coach Kevin Hoff said. "Jumps a little smaller than App mountain, but Massanutten had more challenging rail features, like a down, flat down kinked rail."
"They both had pretty similar clean runs with some spins and a switch hit and a good grab on the final jump," Hoff said.
Liberty totaled 15 points to edge George Mason (19), and the University of Virginia (23).
On the men's side, Flames junior Christopher Yablonski (69.3), sophomore Cole Loomis (65.3), and junior Jeffrey Loftus (55.7) posted a 1-2-3 sweep to combine for a perfect team score of 6 points. Liberty finished well in front of the Tar Heels (20), Duke (38), Western Carolina (43), Lees-McRae (45), and Virginia (50).
Seniors Isaac Shepard (sixth, 52) and Andrew Garofalo (eighth, 50.7) also placed in the top 10 individually
|Junior Milor Rice and the Flames finished runner-up to NC State in men's snowboarding.|
In men's snowboarding, the largest competition with a 75-rider field, Liberty junior Milo Rice (70.7) placed second to North Carolina State's Duncan Neilander (75) and three other Flames finished in the top 10 — freshman Owen Hewitt (sixth, 46), sophomore Payton Fedako (eighth, 42), and senior Garrett Long (ninth, 41.7).
The Wolfpack totaled 11 points in the team standings to edge Liberty (16). Other schools in the competition were Appalachian State (third, 33), JMU (fourth, 40), UVA (fifth) 56, East Carolina (sixth, 76), UNC Chapel Hill (seventh, 102), Duke (eighth, 120), George Mason (ninth, 132), and Lees-McRae (10th, 134).
Complete results are available online.
To prepare for the Feb. 22 Southeast Region Championships at Seven Springs in western Pennsylvania and the March 10-16 USCSA National Championships at Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Liberty will travel to Big Boulder in eastern Pennsylvania for two practice days on Feb. 16-17.