Curtzwiler, Hickman off to solid starts in Far West Division |

Curtzwiler, Hickman off to solid starts in Far West Division

Staff reports

Heavenly Ski Foundation produced 13 top-10 performances in the opening two Far West Freestyle events of the season Wednesday at Squaw Valley.

Veteran team member Hannah Curtzwiler and newcomer Jake Hickman led the way with two runner-up places. Curtzwiler scored identical runs of 21.08, using exceptions turns to score high in the field on Red Dog Run. Not far behind Curtzwiler was new Heavenly team member Anna Park, who finished third (17.53) in the second event and fourth (15.22) in the opener.

Rounding out the team’s top-10 female finishes was Lynne Hickman with a pair of ninth places.

On the boys’ side, Hickman impressed the judges by airing out a cork seven en route to a pair of runner-up finishes. Hickman, who was first among J2 entrants, received scores of 22.44 and 22.86.

Heavenly’s Marshall Curtzwiler also was in the title hunt with third- and fourth-place results. His scores, which were strengthened with the huge backflips he was throwing, were 22.00 and 22.16.

Brandon Hartstein and Yamato Kashima also made the top 10 in the second competition. Hartstein, who is on Christmas break from Cornell University, was fifth with a score of 20.50 and Kashima, going big off the jumps, took 10th at 18.18.

Other results for Heavenly included Sage Wright winning each J5 division title and 48-year-old Richard “Jurassic” Park placing 14th in the opening competition.

Heavenly head coach Jere Crawford said the team has added Travis Woodcock, a former team member and national champion, to the coaching staff.

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