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Thursday, March 9, 2006

Hague, Frank Lead Whitman to Second in Men's Snowboard Halfpipe

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Mike Hague placed fifth and Trevor Frank was seventh as the Whitman College men's snowboard team placed second in the halfpipe event Thursday as the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships continued at Maine’s Sugarloaf/USA ski area.

In the women's halfpipe Thursday, Jill DeVleming topped the Missionaries with a 15th-place showing.

Sierra Nevada College won the men's team scoring with 35 place points for its top three finishers. Whitman was second with 38 points and Weber State third with 40.

Hague, a Whitman freshman from Bradford, N.H., posted a fifth-place score of 19.0 for his two trips through the halfpipe. Trevor Frank, a sophomore Hayden Lake, Idaho, was close behind in seventh with an 18.4 score.

Hague finished less than three points behind the winner. Evan Williams, competing for Albertson College, was the winner with a 21.8 score.

Todd Van Osdol, a sophomore from Salem, Ore., placed 26th for Whitman with a 12.2 score. Simon Pollack, a senior from Bainbridge Island, Wash., had a score of 10.7, good enough for 32nd.

DeVleming, a Whitman senior from Clarkston, Wash., scored a 10.1 for her 15th-place finish in the women's halftime. Carolina Van Horn, a sophomore from Davis, Calif., was 24th with a 6.9 score, while Sara Suffis, a senior from Bainbridge, Wash., was 25th with a 6.7.

Weber State's Lynn Neil was a decisive winner in the women's halfpipe with a score of 18.7, more than three points in front of the runner-up.

The University of Idaho edged Weber State by a single point to take top honors in the women's halfpipe team scoring. The Whitman women finished in a tie for eighth with Cal State-Long Beach.

The snowboard competition concludes Saturday with the boardercross events.

CONTACT: Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information
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