Area athletes fare well in collegiate ski, snowboard championships |

Area athletes fare well in collegiate ski, snowboard championships

Several skiers and snowboarders with local ties competed in the United States Collegiate Snowsports Association national championships in Sun Valley, Idaho, this past Thursday.

Competing in menand#8217;s and womenand#8217;s skiercross were Tahoe Cityand#8217;s Megan McClintock for Fresno State, Truckeeand#8217;s Shannon Hartmann for Rocky Mountain College, Truckeeand#8217;s Erika Horst for Nevada, Graham Collins for Nevada, and Zach Tomlinson for College of Idaho.

Horst and Hartmann participated in three qualifying rounds against more than 10 teams to reach the finals.

Hartmann led early with Horst right behind her, but a crash resulted in both going through the fence. Nevertheless, Horst recovered to take third as Hartmann managed to place fourth. McClintock finished sixth.

Rocky Mountain College earned the womenand#8217;s skiercross national championship as Nevada earned the menand#8217;s title.

Hartmann and Horst earned first team All-American honors and McClintock earned second team All-American honors.

On the menand#8217;s side, Collins placed third overall in a closely fought final, earning him first team All-American honors as well.

Tomlinson, who graduated from North Tahoe High School, also earned first team All-America honors.

Tomlinson, whoand#8217;s at the College of Idaho on a scholarship for Alpine ski racing, finished second overall in the individual combined results, as he recorded a third-, eighth- and second-place finish in the freestyle events.

and#8212; Information for this article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at

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