LUDLOW, VT (Mar. 23) – U.S. Snowboard Team rider Anton Pogue (HoodRiver, OR) and Rosey Fletcher (Girdwood, AK) won slalom races Thursdayat the X-Nix U.S. Snowboard Championships at Okemo Mountain.

It was a picture perfect day as there wasn’t a cloud in the sky andtemperatures flirted with 60 degrees. The courses were set on Okemo’sLedges trail, with conditions on the slow side due to wet snow.

Pogue came from behind to take the win with a two run time of 56.09.Canadian Jasey Jay Anderson was second in 56.75 and teammate CharlesBoivin was third with a time of 57.36.

Anderson led the race after recording a 28.59 in the first run. Pogue,who had a 28.70 in his opener, went all out in the second top post a27.39, good enough to overtake Anderson and pick up his first win on theGrand Prix tour this season.

“I just decided to give it my best and I’m glad I turned up on top,”said Pogue, who had three podium finishes on the World Cup circuit thisyear. “This is a huge win. I’ve been racing with these guys forever andit’s one group of guys after another that could win anytime. It was notan easy day. I definitely earned it.”

Fletcher led both runs and won by almost three seconds with a time of1:00.83. U.S. Team member Stacia Hookom (Edwards, CO) was in second witha 1:03.45 and Canadian Paule Bertrand was third in 1:03.81. It wasFletcher’s second win of the Grand Prix season as she was victorious ina super G at Breckenridge.

“I’m psyched to win,” said Fletcher. “It’s been a long season. Threetimes to Europe, four times across the U.S., going to Japan has takenit’s toll. I want to dedicate this race to the Salty Dog Club and CreepyCarl.”

The course featured steep top sections and then flattened out as racersmade their way towards the finish line. Both runs were set very straightdown the hill and riders were not able to carve out any longer turns.This caused problems for several, including Chris Klug (Aspen, CO), whowent out in the bottom section during his first run, and U.S. Team riderSondra Van Ert (Ketchum, ID), who fell on her first run but ended upfinishing seventh.

“The course held up fine,” said Pogue. “It was a little straight, but itheld up alright. I was complaining a lot, but just like the coaches say,the course is the same for everyone.”

It was the first time most of the riders have competed in a two runslalom this season. The Grand Prix has featured giant slalom and super Gthis year, and all of the slaloms on the World Cup Tour have beenparallel events.

Fletcher remains in the hunt for the overall series title, which will bedecided by the end of the day Sunday. The men’s and women’s titlewinners will receive a 2000 Chevy S-10 ZR2 Truck, as well as cashbonuses.

The X-Nix U.S. Snowboard Championships continue Friday with giant slalomraces.

Okemo Mountain, Ludlow, VT
March 23, 2000

1. Anton Pogue, Hood River, OR, 56.09
2. Jasey Jay Anderson, Canada, 56.75
3. Charles Boivin, Canada, 57.36
4. Graham Watanabe, Ketchum, ID, 57.57
5. Mike Kildevald, Denmark, 57.72
6. Peter Thorndike, Meredith, NH, 58.07
7. Ian Price, Manchester Center, VT, 58.91
8. David Vaughan, Canada, 59.15
9. Mark Fawcett, Canada, 59.85
10. Benjamin Fairchild III, Bothell, WA, 1:00.04
11. Quinn Orb, Ketchum, ID, 1:00.29
12. Kevin Blagys, Cos Cob, CT, 1:00.58
13. Jerred Stradley, Jackson, WY, 1:00.80
14. Felix Antoine Dorval, Canada, 1:01.45
15. Ryan McDonald, Entiat, WA, 1:01.62

1. Rosey Fletcher, Girdwood, AK, 1:00.83
2. Stacia Hookom, Edwards, CO, 1:03.45
3. Paule Bertrand, Canada, 1:03.81
4. Lynn Ott, Bend, OR, 1:05.36
5. Helen Cloutier, Canada, 1:05.83
6. Claire Cetera, Sun Valley, ID, 1:06.19
7. Sondra Van Ert, Ketchum, ID, 1:07.34
8. Michelle Charles, Canada, 1:08.20
9. Rebecca Bassett, Quincy, WA, 1:09.72
10. Melissa Barclay, Canada, 1:09.89
11. Adryan Rittter, Boulder, CO, 1:10.07
12. Nicole Prefontaine, Plymouth, NH, 1:10.50
13. Aprilia Haeggloef, USA, 1:11.24
14. Andrea Dobrzelewski, Kalamazoo, MI, 1:14.32
15. Michelle Gorgone, Sudbury, MA, 1:14.68