When: Thu 19th of April 2007
Locals Dominate Ski and Snowboard Events at Northstar
UNR Sweeps Two Podiums at Collegiate Nationals
On a day where most locals were taking their last run of the season at Northstar Resort, over 60 students competed in the 2007 Collegiate BFGoodrich Collegiate Snowboarding Open and Freeskiing Championships
Students from all over the country came to compete for the cash purse of $10,000 and threw down, despite the flat light snowy conditions that made landings tough to negotiate and the in-runs slow. According to judge Doug Mercer, “the snow slowed the features down yet it didn’t affect the performance of the riders.”
In the men’s snowboard category, first place went to Brandon Cocard, second place to Trevor Brown and third place to Andrew Brewer all locals from Nevada. The winners of the women’s snowboard were first place Maggie Hatt from Sierra College, second place Colleen Quigley from University of Vermont and third place Fancy Knapp from Sierra College.
One thing was for sure, the athletes did not let the weather affect their riding. Last year’s halfpipe champion, Maggie Hatt called the course super fun and was stoked about the jumps. Hatt thought it was great that they dyed the course to help the athletes with their landing. According to first place Brendon Cocard, the features were good and the event was well organized. The best part for him was how all the competitors were really chilled and welcoming to one another. Overall the call to switch the contest from a halfpipe to slopestyle comp made for a much deeper field, better comp, and in the end, a better TV show that will hit the air in mid-May.
Despite the tough lighting, the skiers and snowboarders all made the best of it, and produced some great riding. On the snowboard side, buttered boxes and stylie 9’s were plentiful. While no style points were awarded for fashion, faux fur, tight pants, and low hanging goggle bands proved that the kids were all right.