September 17, 2009
Aspen skier Ted Davenport took home the top prize at the World Heli Skiing Championships, long one of the world’s venerable big-mountain skiing and snowboarding events, earlier this month in New Zealand.
Participants took part in three events – a freestyle event in which athletes were judged on their aerial skills, a big-mountain event, held on Mount Albert, in which control and fluidity while negotiating steep couloirs and treacherous terrain was key, and the VnC Downhill, which bares a resemblance to skiercross. Davenport topped the field in both the big-mountain and downhill competitions to seal the win.
“The World Heli Challenge has been amazing,” he said in a news release. “We were blessed with epic weather, epic conditions and incredible venues. Every day I was blown away by where we were dropped off at. I felt like a kid in a candy store.”
Colorado School of Mines sophomore Jim Knous, a former standout at Basalt High School, was recently named to the 2009-2010 preseason All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Team.
Last year, Knous was selected as RMAC freshman of the year after a season in which he finished in the top six in eight of Mines’ 10 tournaments. Knous earned medalist honors at the CSM/Regis University Fall Invitational and tied for sixth place at the RMAC Head-to-Head No. 1 event. Knous placed second at the RMAC Head-to-Head No. 2 event, tied for first place at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/RMAC Fall Invitational and tied for fifth place at the CSM/Nebraska-Kearney Invitational.
Knous, who amassed a 72.81 stroke average and holds Mines’ three round, par-71indivudal score record of 207 (accomplished twice last fall) was named to he RMAC’s first team last season. He was also ranked as high as 97th in the 2008-2009 Golfstat Cup, which is that organization’s list of the top 250 college golfers in any division.
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Knous finished in a tie for 12th at the season-opening Peaks Classic, which took place on Monday and Tuesday at Grandote Peaks Golf Club in La Veta.
Megan Lund made her first trip to the World Mountain Running Championships a memorable one.
The 25-year-old Basalt resident, who qualified for the U.S. Mountain Running Team earlier this summer, took 17th at the recent world championships in Campodolcino, Italy. She completed the two-loop course, which covered more than 8 km. and 1,800 vertical feet of steep climbs and technical rocky sections, in 46 minutes, 11 seconds.
Her effort helped the U.S. finish third overall, behind host Italy and Great Britain. Bailey’s Brandy Erholtz (45:23) led the way in 10th, Sausolito, Calif.’s Christine Lundy (45:41) was 13th and Silverton’s Megan Kimmel (45:46) 15th. The field included 69 runners representing 14 countries.
On the men’s side, Aspen native Rickey Gates finished three laps in 1:01:36 – good for 47th place.
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