Snowboarders third, skiers fourth, fifth in USCSA Slopestyle
March 10, 2016 | Lake Placid, N.Y.
Repeating its Rail Jam performance from Tuesday, Liberty University's men's snowboarding team placed third in Wednesday's Slopestyle competition at the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association National Championships on Whiteface Mountain at Lake Placid, N.Y.
It was the second season in a row for the Flames to land on the podium in that event after posting their third consecutive top-three national finish in the Rail Jam.
The Flames (43 points), paced by sophomore Garrett Long's 11th-place individual performance (58.67), placed third behind Sierra Nevada (10) and Westminster (Utah) College (11) and ahead of the University of Virginia (66). Freshman Austin Santos (41.0 points) tied for 15th place and junior captain Brendan McHugh (40.67) came in 17th while freshman Eric Dougherty (28.67) placed 30th out of 45 contestants.
Meanwhile, the Flames' men's ski team, led by freshmen Jonathan Wong and Cole Kees who tied for 25th place, finished fourth (87 points). Freshman Rebecca Lawrence led the Lady Flames' women's ski team (46 points) to a fifth-place Slopestyle showing with her 10th-place individual performance, scoring 36.67 points on her second run.
On Thursday, McHugh and Long competed in a time trial to try to advance to the qualifying rounds of the Boardercross, but didn't make the cut.
Finally, on Friday, Lawrence placed 29th out of 40 competitors in the women's Skiercross, but did not advance to the qualifying rounds. Meanwwhile, senior Brandy Fronte, who suffered a concussion after a fall in practice on Wednesday morning, pulled out of her time trial in the women's Boardercross.
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