Posted: Mar 10, 2017
The University of Maine Farmington Snowboard and Freeski team has experienced a myriad of weather this week at the USCSA National Championships at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon this week. The first few days found blinding snow and wind with visibility of less then ten feet followed by warm temps and heavy rain and finally today we actually saw that there was a beautiful moutain with clear skies and temps in the 50's. The challanging weather conditions have proven to be no match for the well rounded riding skills of the UMF student athletes.
Todays events consisted of Women's Snowboard Cross and Men's Slopestyle on courses designed to test even the most experienced athletes. On the Men's Slopestyle course, which consisted of 2 rail features and 2 jump features with a 30 foot side and a 60 foot side, the speed and wind challanged all. UMF freshmen Connor Dunn threw down two stomped runs with a lip slide on the first rail, a disaster back board on the second, a floaty backside 180 on the first jump followed by a sweet old school style method on the second jump landing him in the 31st spot in a field of 82 riders.
The Women's Boardercross was filled with a talented field of riders that were all hungry for a win. When the time trials ended UMF Sophomore Whitney LeMay stood in 5th place and advanced to the round of 32. With her first heat being the 8th position she scorched the other 3 riders winning the heat by a comfortable margin. The next round of 16 narrowed the original field of 41 riders to only quarter finalists and Whitney took a another first place to advance to the round of 8 where she finished in 2nd and qualified for the finals among the strongest field the USCSA National has ever seen. Competeing aganist riders coming from schools that have had programs for decades the UMF sophomore made her team and school proud finishing in 4th place for a relatively new program.
In addition to their incredible efforts and accomplishments Connor Dunn recieved the honor of 2nd team Scholar All-American. Whitney recieved the honor of 1st Team All-American and a 2nd team scholar All-American. Both riders have acheived feets that UMF student athletes have never acomplished before and they're not done yet.
Tomorrow will see the Freeskiers competing in Slopestyle while Whitney and Connor will look to set more school records in snowboard giant slalom.