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Hailey Langland Finishes Sixth in Women’s Slopestyle, Competes in Big Air on Sunday
San Clemente’s Winter Olympian, 17-year-old snowboarder Hailey Langland, opened her competitions with a sixth-place finish in women’s slopestyle in South Korea on Feb. 12.
Wind was the big story of the event as strong gusts cancelled the previous day’s qualifying event, and delayed the final by over an hour. It affected riders in the final despite a calming that allowed the event to run.
Langland took a tumble off a jump in her first run for a score of 41.26. Of the 26 athletes that competed, 22 took a fall in the event with many citing the windy conditions.
In her second run, Langland was exceptionally clean down the slope but only earned a score of 71.80. The score put her in fourth place at the time, but she fell to sixth in the final standings.
Fellow American Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe again proved to be the world’s best with a score of 83.00 on her first run to win back-to-back gold medals.
Langland’s next competition is her stronger discipline – women’s big air. Langland is a medal contender and won gold in the event as a 16-year-old at the 2017 X Games. Big air is making its Olympic debut in PyeongChang.
Women’s big air qualifying event is Sunday, Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. PST and the final is on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 p.m. PST. The qualifying event will be shown delayed on Feb. 18 at 9:35 p.m. PST on NBC, and the final will be live on Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. PST on NBC.
Both events can be found live on www.nbcolympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
Carla, Catrina McAlister Run Strong at Cross Country Nationals
Carla and Catrina McAlister, a mother-daughter team, competed and finished high at the USATF Cross County Championships on Feb. 3 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Carla finished sixth in the Masters women’s six-kilometer race with a time of 23:51, and daughter Catrina finished 27th in the women’s 10-kilometer race at 39:31. Carla’s time was third in her age group.
The pair has an Instagram account, @thejeanteam for Carla Jean and Catrina Jean, that follows their dream of competing in the Olympic trials.
Triton Rugby Club JV Wins San Diego Red League Title
In its first season of San Diego competition, the San Clemente Triton Rugby Club junior varsity team topped three nationally ranked teams to take the league title.
The San Diego Red league is regarded as the top high school rugby league in the nation, and the win should put the San Clemente club into the top 10 of the national rankings.