Far West division excels at Junior Nationals
Far West bump skiers covered each step of the podium at the Junior Freestyle National Championships March 8-10 at Big Mountain, Mont.
Squaw Valley’s McKenzy Golding won the women’s single moguls, with Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Amber Ramos second. David Beck of Alpine Meadows gave the region another second with his runner-up finish in the dual moguls.
Sierra’s Jason Scott was third in the upright combined, while Alpine Meadows’ Matt Matuskowitz placed the same in the upright aerials and Greg Lindsey of Alpine Meadows came in third in the men’s singles moguls.
The duel between Ramos and Golding for the women’s singles title was almost too close to call.
“They were a cut above the other skiers,” said Heavenly Foundation coach Jere Crawford. “After watching both of their runs, I wasn’t sure who won. They both skied really good runs.”
Ramos scored 22.67 for her run, while Golding received a 23.54.
Scott’s bronze-medal finish in the combined came from solid finishes in the upright aerials and 13th-place finish in singles. He scored 120.91 in upright aerials, which was third-best among J1s, and his 20.67 singles run was 10th in his age group.
On the final day of the competition, Scott also pulled off a fifth-place finish in duals.
Heavenly’s Courtney Royce also was impressive as one of the younger competitors. She was fifth overall and the top J3-J4 in upright aerials (87.42) and 17th overall and the No. 1 J4 in single moguls (16.31).
Royce’s consistency in the two events enabled her to place fifth overall and top the J3s-J4s in the upright combined.
Royce was 17th in duals and Heavenly teammate Tyler Bradford was 17th.
Crawford said that the national competition will only help his competitors in the future.
“The main thing, more than the recognition, is getting to ski and train with best juniors in country and seeing who they have to beat the next few years,” Crawford said. “They get additional input from other coaches which really helps.”
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