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Breckenridge hosts Summit County skiers, riders during regional freeride event

Team Breckenridge Sports Club's Mason Heflin, from left, Curran Bunnell, Wyatt Cook and Gavin Benedict stand on the podium for the 12- to 14-year-old male skiers’ competition at the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association’s 2022 Junior Regional at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Saturday, March 19.
Kelly Sanders/Courtesy photo

Over the weekend, local talent from Team Breckenridge Sports Club and Team Summit competed at the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association’s 2022 Junior Regional at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

The event featured some of the best freeride junior talent not only in Summit County but also from across the nation. Team Breckenridge Sports Club had the most athletes at the competition. Between the two local groups, nearly 20 athletes competed at the regional event over a two-day span from Saturday, March 19, to Sunday, March 20.

In the 15- to 18-year-old male ski division, Team Breckenridge Sports Club had six boys compete, four of which placed within the top 15 on Sunday. Heflin Jennings placed the highest among his Team Breckenridge teammates as he secured third place with a score of just more than 35. Sam Heller of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and Orion Cherney of Aspen Valley Ski Club Tellemark Team were the only competitors to top Jennings, placing first and second, respectively. Jack Stafford ended up five places behind Jennings in eighth with a final score of 33.80. Following Stafford was Matt Cairns in ninth, William Remias in 12th, Rece Greff in 32nd and Mateo Bonta in 35th.



Team Summit had one competitor in the male 15- to 18-year-old ski division with a 16th placing from Balabhadra Damerla, who registered a final score of 31.27.

Colby Fields from Team Summit and Adaptive Action Sports competed in the men’s 15- to 18-year-old snowboard division. Fields, who vied for a spot on the 2022 U.S. Paralympic team earlier this season, placed third in the age division with a score of slightly more than 31.



“My performance at the (Breckenridge) competition was good,” Fields said. “I felt like I could’ve been a bit smoother up top just ’cause where I dropped in was kind of sketchy, but other than that, my run was solid.”

The weekend prior, on March 12, Fields competed in another freeride regional in Winter Park, where he placed fourth in variable conditions. Fields said he felt better about his performance at Breckenridge than he did at the Winter Park competition.

Colby Fields, right, stands on the podium for the 15- to 18-year-old male snowboard division at the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association’s 2022 Junior Regional at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Sunday, March 20. Fields placed third in the division with a score of slightly more than 31 points. Fields was joined by Bradley Lamoreaux, left, and Dade Bunnell, center.
Bingham Fields/Courtesy photo

Team Breckenridge Sports Club also had a large amount of athletes compete in the 12- to 14-year-old female skiing division, which took place Saturday. The best finish from the team came from Olivia Bassett, who placed fourth overall with a final score of 29.9, about three points off the total from Aspen Valley Ski Club’s Aurora Cherney, who placed first.

Team Breckenridge saw impressive performances from four other 12- to 14-year-old female athletes, all of which placed within the top 12. Siri Krum placed fifth, Sloane Straayer placed eighth, Anna Stafford placed ninth and Baylie Bosson placed 12th.

Team Summit had three girls compete in the 12-14 age bracket. Riley Combe led the way by placing third overall with a top score of 30.3. Like Team Breck, the Team Summit girls also placed within the top 12 with Liliana Brace placing 10th and Reese Cagen placing 11th.

In the 12- to 14-year-old male skiing division, Team Breckenridge had six skiers place within the top 30 in a field made up of 46 competitors. Mason Heflin almost won the regional title but was beat out by Winter Park Freeride Big Mountain Team’s Curran Bunnell by two-fifths of a point. Heflin placed second with a score of 34.4. Gavin Benedict placed fourth with a score of 33.37 while Nicolas Bonta came in ninth with a final score of 32.37. Justin Meany placed 13th, Finn Buck placed 20th and Sam Frazier placed 27th.

Team Summit had one boy compete in the 12-14 age bracket in Finn Kavanaugh, who placed 30th with a score of 26.93.

The regional event was quickly followed by the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association’s 2022 Junior Nationals, which was also hosted at Breckenridge Ski Resort from March 21-23.

 


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