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Flames snowboarders third in men's Rail Jam and Slopestyle

March 15, 2019  |  Jackson Hole, Wyo. 

Junior Milo Rice led Liberty's snowboarders with his Rail Jam and Slopestyle performances. (Photo courtesy of Skyler Fusco) test test test test
Junior Milo Rice led Liberty's snowboarders with his Rail Jam and Slopestyle performances. (Photo courtesy of Skyler Fusco)

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.

The Lady Flames' skiers placed eighth as a team in women's Slopestyle, led by senior Kylie Kehrman (17th, 29.67) and freshmen Hannah Loftus (18th, 29.33) and Taylor Keeran (21st, 13.67).

Complete results are available online.

Ski & Snowboard Links
Schedule
Results
Jan 11, 9:00 AM - Appalachian Mountain, NC
Ski & Snowboard at USCSA Southeast Slopestyle
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Ski & Snowboard
at USCSA Southeast Slopestyle
Jan 11, 9:00 AM - Appalachian Mountain, NC

Ski & Snowboard
at App Ski Resort
Jan 11, 9:00 AM - Blowing Rock, NC

Ski & Snowboard
at App Ski Resort
Jan 12, 9:00 AM - Blowing Rock, NC

Ski & Snowboard
at Beech Mountain
Jan 25, 9:00 AM - Beech Mountain, NC

Ski & Snowboard
at Beech Mountain
Jan 26, 9:00 AM - Beech Mountain, NC

Full Schedule

Jan 13
Ski & Snowboard
at Appalachian Mountain
F 1st ; M 2nd

Jan 12
Ski & Snowboard
at Appalachian Mountain
Team Finish 1st

Mar 3
Ski & Snowboard
at USCSA National Championship
SB Rail Jam - 4th

Mar 3
Ski & Snowboard
at USCSA National Championship
SB Slopestyle - 3rd

Mar 3
Ski & Snowboard
at USCSA National Championship
Boardercross - 4th

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