Hernandez, Woodcock kick up some powder at NorAms
A pair of the South Shore’s own have recently returned from a three-week odyssey competing at some of the continent’s top ski resorts, and have lived to tell about it.
Freestyle skiers Chris Hernandez and Travis Woodcock both dialed in for excellent all-around performances during a stint on the three-sport North American tour. The tour, often a feeder program for future World Cup skiers, had three stops this season and included more than 65 skiers: the first at Quebec’s La Relais Resort, followed by Calgary, Alberta’s Fortress Mountain and ending at Bogus Basin in Boise, Idaho.
“It was really fun,” said Hernandez, a member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski
Team. “It was nice to go out there and do something productive, to get out skiing and get some good scores.”
In the tour’s initial foray across the Canadian border, Hernandez finished third in singles and ninth in duals while Woodcock posted eighth and ninth-place marks, respectively. At the Calgary event, Hernandez turned in a fifth in singles and a ninth in duals; Woodcock was not too far behind, skiing his way to 11th and ninth in singles and duals. At the tour’s final stop in Boise, Hernandez put together his best performance with a second in singles, while Woodcock chimed in with a 14th overall. Sunday’s duals competition was canceled due to inclement weather.
“The consistency of skiers is a big thing (on the tour),” Woodcock said.
“Everybody out there is good so you have to keep up with them. They all
Hernandez’s three week performance was good enough for second in the NORAM Grand Prix overall standings, just a few place points behind the first-place finisher. The strong performance should give Hernandez some momentum heading into the U.S. Championships, which start March 18 in Park City, Utah.
“It’s a huge amount of pressure, because if you don’t do well at nationals, you’re off the team,” Hernandez said. “This tour really boosted me up a lot, so I feel pretty good going in.”
The Sierra-at-Tahoe snowboard team carved and glided its way to several excellent individual finishes last weekend at a USASA-sanctioned event at Heavenly Ski Resort.
On a fast and intense course, boarders Stacie Anderson (10 years old),
Kelaan Gardner (10), Joanie Anderson (12), Katrina Clapp (16) and Stephanie Warren (23) rose to the cream of the crop and won every heat for their respective age divisions, placing them first overall for the day.
Fellow Sierra teammates Coral Warren and Erin Craig were not too far behind, chiming in at the second and third spots, respectively.
Even Sierra coach Brady Gunch caught a bit of the winning fever, winning
each of his heats en route to a first-place finish in the Men’s Jam boardercross division.
LTCC truckin’ to Truckee:
The Lake Tahoe Community College cross country team will return to the
powder this weekend for Sunday’s Tahoe-Donner Relays at Truckee’s
Tahoe-Donner Ski Resort.
The relay-style event will pit teams of three racers against one another,
with each skiing approximately a five-kilometer stretch on the Nordic course.
The team will have a two-week break following the race and will likely use the time to prepare for Nationals starting March 10 at Mammoth Mountain, said LTCC coach Susan Lannoy.
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