St. Marie dominant at Eastern regionals
KILLINGTON, Vt. – Austria or Canada?That’s the decision 17-year-old Sabrina St. Marie has to make after finishing second Friday in the women’s open class boardercross at the USSA Eastern Nationals in Killington, Vt.The U.S. Snowboard Team offered St. Marie a bib to compete against the best in the world at the March 6 World Cup boardercross in Lake Placid, N.Y., after her runner-up finish.There’s a slight problem, however.St. Marie doesn’t have the required 50 FIS points in boardercross to qualify for World Cup competition, meaning that in the next two weeks she has to scramble to win the necessary points if she wants to compete. Her two options are either a NorAm competition in Big White, B.C., Feb. 26-27; or a Europa Cup competition in Austria on the same date.Monday night she was still deciding about where to go. “It’ll most likely be Canada, because it’s less expensive,” St. Marie said from her cell phone. “But if there’s not enough points in the race, I’ll go to Austria. I’m really excited. I just have to get those 50 points.”
St. Marie will be headed to the Lake Placid World Cup stop to compete in halfpipe regardless of whether or not she gets her boardercross FIS points.She was already offered a World Cup bib, and had the necessary points, before she won the pipe competition Saturday at the Eastern regional.The win comes on the heels of a 10th-place showing Feb. 4 at the U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix halfpipe at Mountain Creek in Vernon, N.J. “Sabrina is on a roll,” SSCV snowboard director Ben Boyd said. “These performances not only give her a World cup slot, but also secure her as a member of the U.S. World Junior Team to compete at the FIS Junior World Championships in Arosa, Switzerland.”The world championships are slated for April 4-8.St. Marie said the reason she doesn’t have the necessary number of FIS points for boardercross was simple.”There was only one boardercross competition this year (with FIS points) that I competed in,” she said. “Most of the people who are on World Cup already have the points. I’m going to know within the next two weeks where I’m headed.”
St. Marie wasn’t the only SSCV athlete to have a productive weekend at the regional in Killington. In a courageous performance, Kim Krahulec came back from dislocating her shoulder in boardercross practice to finish third in the woman’s open class. Krahulec has already locked up an invitation to the Gravity Games at Copper Mountain March 3-6.”Kimmy is a tough chick,” Boyd said. “Nate Park, our head boardercross coach, tried to pull her out, but she would have no part of it. She strapped it up, and got a third place. Unbelievable effort.”For the SSCV men, Deacon Maloney and Cody Brown recorded top 16 results and Josh Krell had the best race of his season, missing the qualifying cut for heats in his individual timing run by only two spots.
The news for the SSCV snowboarding program only got better on the home front over the weekend. On Saturday, in the Rocky Mountain Snowboard Tour halfpipe event in Vail, Lindsey Telling took first and Julya Chapman third in the women’s open division.Also, Ellen Feldman was second in the 13-14 women’s division, and first-year team member Ryleigh Mynatt won the under-12 girl’s division. For the boys, 14-year-old Bryan Daino took third place in the men’s open division. Zac Layman placed third in 13-14 men’s division and Drew Crawford was second in the under-12 boy’s division. Daino also won best trick for his patented Daino Flip, and SSCV first year Mackensie Boris won women’s best trick with a frontside 540 on her first try ever.The weekend of competition continued on Sunday with a Snowboard Outreach Society Tour halfpipe event in Vail. Sean Roley took silver in the under-7 boy’s division; Robert Borchardt took bronze in the 10-11 boy’s division; Brodie Waring took gold in the 12-13 girls division; and Waring’s brother Broc won the 12-13 boy’s division.”The Warings are both having a great season,” Boyd said. “Both of them were selected to the Next X Snow Search at Keystone, and Broc has just come off winning one of the biggest junior events in the U.S. at the U.S. Grand Prix. They are killing it.”Added Boyd, “It has been a great season so far, and the weekend went well. We also had Ryan Wachendorfer, Patrick Baumann and Maddie Roley represent the club at the Next X Snow games, which is an awesome accomplishment for those young rippers. The future is looking bright.” Staff Writer Nate Peterson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at email@example.com.Vail, Colorado