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Dillon freestyling his way to podium

Ian CroppVail CO, Colorado

VAIL – A pair of second-place finishes is no small feat.For Matt Dillon, it’s great news. But the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail moguls skier isn’t as focused on place – he wants to nail every run.”I’m skiing really well right now,” Dillon said. “I’ve just gotta do two runs.”Dillon had two great runs in back-to-back competitions , earning silver at Winter Park two weeks ago, and then Vail this past weekend.At Winter Park, Dillon took second with a clean run and a 360 on one jump and a backflip with his skis in a cross (back X) on the other. Then, on Vail’s Cookshack, Dillon had another great run, pulling another 360 and back X. The run was good enough for second, and out of first by only .54 points.

Even with what SSCV coach called the best results of Dillon’s career, Dillon found some room for growth, expressing his desire to have winning runs on both of the best-of-two format event.”I’ll have one pretty decent run, and I’m proud and glad it happened, but there’s a few improvements I could have made for my second run,” Dillon said. “I’m just trying to get more consistent.”Baker is happy that Dillon has been putting together some great results after a slow start to the season.”He had a great weekend (at Vail),” Baker said.Much like Dillon, Baker thinks reaching for near perfection is a good thing.

“At this level, you can get away with (one good run), but for him, at the NorAm level and beyond, it’s not the best of two,” Baker said. “You need to put down two good runs.”With upcoming events in Aspen, Telluride, and then the Junior Olympics, Dillon is hoping to amass enough top finishes to get invited to US Nationals in Killington, Vermont.Terrin’ it upOut of a field of 34 women in Winter Park, not only did SSCV’s Kelsey Terran have the fastest run, she also had the highest-scoring one, too.

Terrin ripped through the course, while pausing for a 360 and a back X. Matthew White gave SSCV its third top 10 in Winter Park by taking eighth with a triple twister and a back X on his jumps.At the Vail races, Ali Bathgate led the way for the women with an eight-place finish in dual moguls and a 12th place in singles. Andre Lane also took eight in the duals for men, while White was 10th in singles. Heidi Kloser, recently back from an injury, was 17th in women’s singles.Most of the freestyle team will be in Aspen this weekend.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.

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