JUNE MOUNTAIN, Calif. — On the final day of competition at the X-nix U.S. Snowboard Championships, Ross Powers (South Londonderry, Vt.) won the men’s halfpipe title with a combined two-run score of 77.8 points. Luke Wynen (Reading, Pa.) celebrated his 20th birthday Saturday by finishing second, with Rob Kingwill (Jackson, Wyo.) placing third.

“Yeah, I’m stoked,” said Powers of his victory. “The last two years, I’ve just messed it up at the end of the year, but I came back today.” Saturday’s win was Powers’ second U.S. championships victory; his first national title came in 1994.

Sixteen athletes moved up from the morning’s elimination round of competition to compete in the afternoon finals. The sixteen competitors took two runs each, with the scores from both runs added together to determine the winner.

“I’m going to go home and do a few little contests, figure out a training program for the summer and finish up school,” said Powers of his activities after nationals. Powers, whose international success (including the 1996 FIS World halfpipe title and the 1996 FIS World Cup halfpipe title) belies his youth, is a senior at Stratton Mountain School in Vermont.

X-NIX U.S. SNOWBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS – MEN’S HALFPIPE
SATURDAY, MARCH 29
MAMMOTH/JUNE MOUNTAIN, Calif.

(Top 16 in finals)

1. Ross Powers, South Londonderry, Vt., 77.8 points
2. Luke Wynen, Reading, Pa., 76.6
3. Rob Kingwill, Jackson, Wyo., 74.2
4. Tom Matthews, McCall, Idaho, 73.6
5. Abram Teter, Belmont, Utah, 73.6
6. Tommy Czeschin, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 73.6
7. Travis McLain, Stratton Mountain, Vt., 73.2
8. Matthew Kass, Bondville, Utah, 73.1
9. Brian Regis, Vernon, N.J., 70.3
10. Aaron Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 65.3
11. Christopher Nelson, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 63.8
12. Dustin DelGiudice, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 63.4
13. Ben Crowell, New London, N.H., 62.7
14. Jeff Anderson, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 59.3
15. Olly Brunton, New Zealand, 58.7
16. John Sommers, Sacramento, Calif., 58.0