On a boardercross course that was described as interesting and exciting by most, Anton Pogue and Erin Simmons qualifyed first in the men’s and women’s divisions respectively.

The qualifying round consists of a one rider at a time, time trial down the course to cut the field down to 48 men and 24 women. In the main round tomorrow, heats will consist of six people riding down the course at one time, with the top two or three advancing to the next round, and the others going to a last-chance qualifying round.

Pogue, who flew in from a third-place race two days ago in Italy, took the first seed with a time of 1:01.55. Hot on his heels was yesterdays third-place halfpipe competitor Seth Wescott, and long-time boardercross competitor Jason Brown.

“This course has a good hole shot right into rollers,” says Terry Plum. “Shaun Palmer would definitely win this one. It’s a good long course.”

On the women’s side, Canadians dominated with four out of the top six places. Simmons posted a 1:09.61, while fellow Canadian Lori Glazier had a 1:11.64. Top U.S. women’s rider, Ellen Grimmes, was in third, while Canadians Carlee Baker and Allison Clark, and U.S. rider Julie Tracy rounded out the top six.

Look for a complete report on the Chevy S-10 U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix Boardercross competition at Northstar-at-Tahoe tomorrow.