Locals win big on Monster Winter Recon Tour
January 16, 2013
Jack Herald wasn’t sure what to expect on Sunday at the Monster Winter Recon Tour snowboard slopestyle event at Park City Mountain Resort.
It was his first event since he injured his ankle this fall after breaking his foot a few months ago, so he was just trying to go out and land a couple jumps.
"I was a little nervous," he said. "It was my first contest of the season. I got three runs and I’m just glad I put one down."
His best run was his third, when he landed a cab nine on the last jump, clinching a first-place finish in the men’s open division.
"I’m pretty stoked, for sure," he said. "I just wanted to place."
Herald, who lives and trains in Park City during the winter with the Park City Snowboard Team, but calls Canton, Mass., his home, beat out another Park City boarder, Ryan Flaska, for the top spot. Gabe Ferguson of Bend, Ore., took third place.
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Herald won $500 for his first-place finish.
The 11-and-under male division was dominated by Park City Snowboard Team athletes, with Parker Giblin, Wyatt Blake and Hunter Goulet taking first, second and third places, respectively.
It was the same story in the 12-14 male division, with Chandler Hunt, Colin Cummins and Matthew Grant sweeping the podium.
Andrew Tassell took first place in the 18+ male division and Hope Mayernik finished first in the 12-14 female division.
Lynn Neil of Heber City took home gold in the women’s open division, ahead of Hailee Mattingley and Taelor Mattingley. Park City’s Grace Mayernik finished fourth.
On Saturday, the skiers got the chance to show their skills, with more local athletes performing well.
Ryan Wyble claimed the top spot in the men’s open division in Saturday’s competition and Steve Stepp took third. Ian Hamilton of Great Falls, Mont., finished second.
Isabel Mae Atkin of Newton, Mass., claimed victory in the women’s open division, beating out Park City’s Jessica Vass.
Park City residents Mickey Moran (15-17 male), Ashton Glass (12-14 female) and Marin Hamill (11 & under female) won gold medals in their divisions as well.
The next Monster Winter Recon event will be at Mountain High Ski Resort in Southern California on Jan. 26 and 27.