The snowboard events were first, and drew a registration of approximately 1,200 riders. Max Lyons (Marlboro) took silver in the open class at the rail jam, as well as coming in 10th in halfpipe. In the junior men’s division (ages 16-17), David McCarthy (Pawling, NY) took silver in both the halfpipe and slopestyle competitions, while teammate Ryan Gormley (Wyckoff, NJ) took 10th in the pipe.
In the youth category (ages 14-15), Bradley Harper (W. Simsbury, CT) came in fifth in slopestyle and 13th in halfpipe among men, and Ali Hsueh (Closter, NJ) placed eighth in halfpipe and 10th in slopestyle among women. Alex Atno (Lavallette, NJ), competing in the break boys division (ages 12-13) placed 14th in both the halfpipe and slopestyle events. The national championships for freeskiers, which this year were rated as a silver level event by the AFP (Association of Freeskiing Professionals), followed the completion of the snowboarding events and included some 575 registered athletes. Connor Clayton (W. Simsbury, CT) received the silver at the rail jam in the Open class, and also came in fourth in slopestyle. Calvin Lyons (Marlboro) took silver in the men’s 14-and-over age bracket in the rail jam, and Caroline Claire (Wilmington) also collected silver among women age 10-13.
As a result of his performance this season, Clayton has been invited to compete in the World Skiing Invitational, which pits the top 100 freeskiers against one another in an elite event.