Slopestyle event draws 30 riders and skiers, 150 spectators
November 14, 2020 | Lynchburg, Va.
Saturday's final event of the fall at the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, a Slopestyle competition, attracted 30 riders and skiers and 150 spectators, many in town for Liberty University's only College For A Weekend (CFAW) of the semester.
"We did have a high level of competition for the CFAW crowd," Liberty ski and snowboard Head Coach Isaac Gibson said. "The Men's Ski division was especially stacked, and the contest was very close between the top skiers."
Sam Haita, brother of Flames senior Elijah Haita, won that division, followed closely by Flames senior Cole Loomis and graduate student Robert Bynum. In the men's snowboard competition, Noah Alston was the overall winner followed by Liberty sophomore Jesse Mast and junior Tyler Sherbine.
Liza Giles was the women's ski champion with junior Taylor Keeran placing second and sophomore Meg Weigner landing in third.Coleen Leja, who won the program's first two gold medals at last season's USCSA National Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., won the women's snowboard competition with fellow Lady Flames sophomore Emory Orlando earning silver.
There were also seven competitors in the youth division with Zaki Saberi winning the boys snowboard event followed by runner-up Geno Koluque, a Next Level Development Program participant, and third-place finisher Cavallo Caputo.
Danielle Denis won the girls snowboard event and Levi Rogers captured gold in the boys ski category.
|Liberty sophomore Colleen Leja, a two-time national champion, won the women's snowboard event.|
Liberty will plan to open USCSA Southeast Conference competition in January, but Gibson found out on Monday that the USCSA Mid-Atlantic Regional and USCSA National Championships in northern California in late February and early March have been canceled due to COVID-19.
"With these two major events being canceled, I am looking towards trying to plan some service trips for our team to utilize our freed up schedule and give back to the ski and snowboard community in ways we have not before," he said.