News release date:
Saturday, March 11, 2006

DeVleming, Cameron Pace Whitman in Boardercross at Nationals

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Jill DeVleming and Matt Cameron had Whitmanís best finishes as the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships concluded Saturday at Maineís Sugarloaf/USA ski area.

DeVleming, a senior, placed eighth in the womenís boardercross, leading Whitman to a sixth-place finish in the team scoring. Cameron, a freshman, was 12th in the menís boardercross, pacing the Missionaries to a fourth-place showing.

Freshman Mike Hague and sophomore Trevor Frank also had good days for Whitman, placing 12th and 14th. Senior Simon Pollack was 24th and sophomore Todd Van Osdol took 37th.

The University of Virginiaís Will Bodmer won the menís boardercross. The University of Idahoís Mark Puddy was second.

Idaho was first in the menís team scoring with 17 place points. Sierra Nevada was second with 23 points and Cal State-Long Beach third with 28. Whitman had 41 for a fourth-place total.

Also placing for Whitman in the womenís boardercross was sophomore Carolina Van Horn, who was 24th, and senior Sara Suffis, who was 27th. Sierra Nevadaís Amanda Ford was first with Weber Stateís Lynn Neil taking second.

Weber State was first in the womenís team scoring with 15 points. Idaho was second with 22 points. Whitman finished with 59 points to tie Sierra Nevada for sixth.

In the all-around scoring, which combined results of the giant slalom, halfpipe and boardercross, the Whitman men placed third with 12 points. Sierra Nevada was first with four points Ė four points in front of second-place Idaho.

The Whitman women were fourth in their combined scoring. Weber State was first with four points, one point ahead of Idaho. East Carolina University was third with 11 points, while Whitman had 17 points.

In the individual all-around scoring, Whitmanís DeVleming tied for ninth with 31 points. On the menís side, Hague was 10th and Frank 14th.

Six members of the Whitman snowboard club earned national academics honors, which goes to competitors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher. The six include DeVleming, Cameron, Hague and Van Osdol. Jessie Runnoe and Liz Oberhausen also earned academic honors, although they didnít compete at nationals.

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For a news release with results from the giant slalom earlier this week, please click here. For results from the halfpipe, please click here.

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For news release on the 2005 national championships, please click here.

For news release on the 2004 national championships, please click here and here.

For a news release on the 2003 snowboard national championships, please click here.

For a news release on the 2002 snowboard national championships, please click here.


CONTACT: Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu