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Flames, Lady Flames team up for Mid-Atlantic Regional title

February 29, 2020  |  Palmerton, Pa. 

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(Photos by Isaac Gibson)

Liberty University's men's and women's ski & snowboard teams won three of the four individual Slopestyle gold medals to finish first in the team competition at Saturday's USCSA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, hosted by Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton, Pa.

The Flames swept the podium in the men's snowboarding competition, with senior Milo Rice landing in first place followed by freshman Jesse Mast and junior Owen Hewitt. Sophomore Tanner Hoffarth was fifth, followed by junior Tyler Wilson in seventh.

Milo Rice, Jesse Mast, and Owen Hewitt swept the snowboard podium.

"Those who are returning athletes have really stepped it up this year and we have a better all-around snowboard team," Liberty Head Coach Isaac Gibson said. "Milo Rice placed second at nationals in the Rail Jam last year and he definitely has what it takes to bring home a national title if he is able to stay focused and healthy and continue to ride the way he has all season."

Senior John Hunt finished runner-up in the men's skiing Slopestyle event Saturday with freshman Luke Linker landing in sixth, junior Eli Haita taking 10th, and freshman Max Ozanne placing 11th.

In the women's snowboarding competition, freshman Coleen Leja remained undefeated this season followed by freshman Emory Orlando (third) and sophomore Samantha Pesile (11th).

"We are very excited to see Coleen compete at a national level and see how she holds up to Riders coming from out West and from other more competitive schools," Gibson said.

Taylor Keeran landed atop the skiing podium for the Lady Flames.

In women's skiing, the Lady Flames placed four in the top 15, led by sophomore Taylor Keeran (first) and Elizabeth Croley (sixth). Junior Jenna Suskie (13th) and freshman Megan Weigner (14th) also landed solid runs.

On early Sunday morning, the Flames will travel with six snowboarders and five skiers and the Lady Flames will send three snowboarders and four skiers to Lake Placid, N.Y., site of the March 10-14 USCSA Collegiate National Championships at Whiteface Mountain, which previously hosted the 1980 Winter Olympics.

The Flames will enter the maximum five contestants in men's skiing and snowboarding for all three disciplines and have complete teams for the first time in both women's skiing and snowboarding, with the top three scorers in each competition counting toward team totals.

"Last year, we didn't have any female snowboarders represented, so this will be our first year ever having a full team of men's skiers and snowboarders and women's skiers and snowboarders," Gibson said. "We are definitely excited to see the outcome."

Liberty will use Monday as a practice day before competing in women's ski and snowboard Rail Jam and men's Boardercross and Skiercross on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the women's Boardercross and Skiercross events will take place along with the men's ski and snowboard Rail Jam. Thursday's schedule will include the men's and women's ski Slopestyle competitions, on a course that features up to 50-foot jumps, before the freestyle championships conclude with Friday's men's and women's snowboard Slopestyle events.

The complete schedule is available online.


By Ted Allen/Staff Writer

Freshman snowboarder Coleen Leja stayed unbeaten this season, winning women's slopestyle.

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