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A participant shows his skills at the Sled Shed Rail Competition Nov. 9. Companies such as Analog, American Gear and Maverik provided prizes for the winners, according to Chandler Higgins, a representative. MARIANNA ALVES | Scroll Photography
A participant shows his skills at the Sled Shed Rail Competition Nov. 9. Companies such as Analog, American Gear and Maverik provided prizes for the winners, according to Chandler Higgins, a representative. MARIANNA ALVES | Scroll Photography

The 12th Annual Sled Shed Rail Competition took place Nov. 9 at the Smith Park.

Joe Hill, who organized the event, said that the event is a kick off for the winter season where competitors slide down a man-made snow jump and perform tricks on three separate
rails.

“There are three different boxes, or rails, they can hit,” Hill said. “They go down and perform a trick, and then they are scored on how well they did.”

Hill said the event consisted of three separate divisions: snowboarders ages 20 and below, skiers, and snowboarders ages 21 and above.

After all three gros performed, the top competitors from all three categories competed in an elimination round.

Afterward, the judges selected the winners.

There were a total of 40 competitors at the beginning, and was then 19 for the final round.

Nikki Ching placed first in the 20 and under category, Riley Hancock placed second and Chris Cracraft placed third.

In the skiing division, first place went to Ryan Gardner, second place went to CJ Erickson and third place went to Jackson Watkins.

Brandon Nelson took first place, Eric Newby second, and Chris Michaels took third place in the 21 and division.

As well as hosting the event and being judges, Hill and his associate Callen Burds both competed in the event.

Hill said the event was originally started by Bryan Williams, the founder of Sled Shed, but Hill and his brother have been hosting it ever since.

He said they have been sponsoring the event for more than five years.

Daniel Court, a senior studying geology, participated in snowboarding for ages 20 and .

“This is something I like to do among other things,” Court said. “I am not much into tricks because there aren’t really any good rails for me to practice on, but I am going to hit all three.”

Hill said the event was sponsored by Ricks Farms, who provided the trucks that hauled the snow to Smith Park. Hilll said Ricks Farms also served as both part of the jump and seating for the audience.

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