Hickman, Jordan pick up Randy Davis Memorial freestyle wins
A one-day snow delay didn’t throw the Heavenly Foundation skiers off their performances in the Far West Freestyle Division’s Randy Davis Memorial event last Thursday at Squaw Valley.
Jake Hickman and Kyle Jordan each earned first-place results and Marshall Curtzwiler turned in runner-up and fourth-place efforts on Red Dog Run.
Jordan, a new team member, celebrated a birthday by winning the male single moguls with a top score of 22.56. Curtzwiler was his closest pursuer with his second-place score of 21.64. Heavenly’s Shanti Koskinen, the top J3 competitor, finished a career-best fourth place with his judged score of 14.91.
Jordan also finished second to Hickman in the duals event, with Curtzwiler bringing home fourth place.
“Now we have four guys who can win,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford. “It’s good for the older guys, too, to have someone pushing them.”
Heavenly finished with five males in the top 10 in singles. Sage Wright and Yamato Kashima placed sixth and seventh, respectively, with scores of 12.91 and 12.90.
In the female singles event, Heavenly bumpers scored four top-10 results. Anna Park was fifth (13.39), Taryn Baker sixth (12.56), Skye Kidd eighth (10.65) and Lynne Hickman ninth (10.12).
“Our girls never finished out of the top 10,” Crawford said. “Anna Park throws a mean back flip and is near the top again, (and) Taryn Baker has much better turns and air this year.”
The Heavenly results were nearly identical in the female duals event. Park took fourth place and was followed by Baker in sixth, Kidd in eighth and Hickman in ninth. The two events were the first for Kidd.
Other male singles results were Hickman 11th (12.55), Lakota Wright 15th (11.38), Richard Park 21st (6.84), Robby Tong 24th (3.46) and David Glover 26th (2.27). In duals, Kashima was sixth, Koskinen ninth, Sage Wright 10th, Lakota Wright 14th, Tong 16th and Glover 25th.
Heavenly team members will return to Squaw Valley the next two weekends for Far West events before taking a weekend off, then resume competition at Heavenly Mountain Resort on Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 5-6.