WALLA WALLA, Wash. Ė With Alex Scherbatskoy placing second individually, the Whitman College menís snowboard team won the giant slalom team title at the 2005 U.S. Collegiate Snowsport Associationís national championships near McCall, Idaho.
Whitmanís top three competitors finished with a total team time of 482.02 seconds for their two runs down the course, beating runner-up Western Michigan University by a scant 1.22 seconds.
Schebatskoy, a sophomore from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., finished his two runs in 2:19.72. He won the parallel-giant slalom event at nationals last year.
Jonathan Heras, a senior from Tacoma, Wash., and Greg Borden, a freshman from San Francisco, also contributed to Whitmanís winning team score in this yearís giant slalom. Heras was ninth in 2:43.13 and Borden 25th in 2:59.17. Others competing for Whitman were Brian Stater, a senior from Eugene, Ore., who 32nd in 3:06.47, and Peter Randall, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., who was 38th in 3:14.70.
Despite its victory in the giant slalom, the Whitman menís squad fell just a little short in its bid for a fifth consecutive all-around national title. Placing fourth in the slopestyle event and sixth in the boardercross, the Missionaries finished third in the all-around scoring with 11 place points. Western Michigan was first in the overall standings with eight points, followed by the University of Idaho in second with nine.
The Whitman womenís squad, which finished third in its all-around scoring a year, moved up to second this year. The Missionary women placed second in the boardercross and third in both the giant slalom and slopestyle. With 10 place points, Whitman trailed only the University of California-Santa Barbara, which dominated the womenís competition by winning all three events.
In the womenís boardercross, Whitman junior Jill DeVleming (Clarkston, Wash.) placed fourth. Jessie Runnoe, a first-year competitor from Oakland, Calif., was 11th. A third first-year competitor for the Missionaries, Elizabeth Oberhausen (Portland, Ore), placed 21st.
DeVleming also led the way in the giant slalom, placing eighth with a total time of 2:59.00 for her two runs. Runnoe was 20th in 3:32.37, while Liz Oberhausen was 26th in 3:48.43. Whitmanís third-place team time was 619.80, about 30 seconds behind the University of Idaho.
DeVleming also was eighth in the womenís slopestyle event. Runnoe was 16th and Oberhausen 21.
In the menís slopestyle, Whitmanís Heras was seven. Slater was 11th, Borden 31st and Randall 33rd. Heras also paced the Missionaries in the boardercross, placing 18th. Stater and Borden were part of a four-way tie for 21st.
Six Missionaries also received national academic honors. Stater earned first-team honors, while Oberhausen, Runnoe, Sherbatskoy and Sean Lee-Seibels, a senior from Littleton, Colo., made the second team. DeVleming received honorable mention recognition. Seibels was on the Whitman menís squad but didnít compete at nationals.
This yearís USCSA national championships were held March 7-12.
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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.
Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902