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    March 8, 2016 Lake Placid, N.Y. RSS |

    On the first day of the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association National Championships at Lake Placid, N.Y., Liberty University placed third as a team in the men's snowboarding Rail Jam.

    Though two members of the Flames' eight-man team were injured during Monday's practice on Whiteface Mountain, Liberty still advanced four of its six available riders, more than any other team, to Tuesday's finals. It was paced by sophomore Austin Santos' ninth-place individual finish, junior Brendan McHugh, who came in 14th, freshman Brian Conn (18th), and sophomore Garrett Long (24th) while senior Chris Holt tied for 32nd.

    The Flames totaled 55 points to finish third behind only teams from Sierra Nevada College (9) and Westminster College (14), based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. California State University of Sacramento (67) and the University of Virginia (68) rounded out the top five.

    In the women's snowboarding Rail Jam, senior Brandy Fronte placed ninth overall to lead the Lady Flames to a seventh-place team showing (73 points), behind Westminster (8), Sierra Nevada (21), Virginia (46), Appalachian State (66), Northern Michigan (66), and Cal State-Sacramento (73).

    In the men's skiing Rail Jam, freshman Jonathan Wong finished 14th overall to pace the Flames to a fifth-place team showing. Meanwhile, Liberty freshman Rebecca Lawrence also placed 14th individually in the women's ski Rail Jam to allow the Lady Flames to finish seventh with 52 points, one point behind North Carolina and four behind fifth-place Ohio State.

    On Wednesday, Liberty will enter contestants in the men's and women's snowboarding and skiing Slopestyle competitions. View live webcasts of the USCSA National Championships online.

    Liberty's men's snowboarders (left) pose on the third-place platform after Tuesday's Rail Jam.