MT. BACHELOR, Ore. — Hometown favorite Lynn Ott (Bend, Ore.) and Manuel Mendoza (Whitefish, Mont.) captured the top American finishes for men and women in the slalom at the FIS Snowboard World Cup Finals at Mt. Bachelor, Ore. Friday. Ott finished ninth, while Mendoza finished fifth.

“I pretty much just rode my heart out,” said Mendoza, whose won a World Cup slalom earlier this season in Zauchensee, Austria. “It’s the last slalom of the year, and I really wanted a top finish. I had one little mistake at the top that definitely cost me a podium finish, but I’m happy — it’s still a good way to end the year.”

Karine Ruby of France won the women’s slalom, with Heidi Renoth of Germany in second and Austria’s Birgit Herbert third.

“I love this course,” said Mendoza. “I rode here last year, and started way back in the 50’s and ended up 11th. So it was the same hill, and a nice sunny day — I was just glad to be back here in Bachelor!”

“My first run didn’t go so well — I was 14th after my first run,” said Ott, whose ninth place finish on Friday is her best World Cup slalom result. “But on my second run, I seemed to pull it around, and ended up being eighth today. The second run was a little bit straighter — it was my type of course, and I just let it run. I’m pretty excited about it — this is my best World Cup slalom finish.”

The World Cup finals continue on Saturday with the men and women’s parallel slalom event. The finals wrap up on Sunday with the men and women’s halfpipe.

World Cup Finals

Mt. Bachelor, Ore.  Friday, March 16, 1996

Slalom Men:1. Stefan Kaltschutz, AUT, 1:19.992. Peter Pichler, ITA, 1:20.423. Maxence Idesheim, FRA, 1:20.724. Ivo Rudiferia, ITA, 1:20.745. Manuel Mendoza, Whitefish, Mont., 1:20.76

OTHER U.S. RIDERS: 8. Mike Jacoby, Hood River, Ore., 1:21.8714. Anton Pogue, Hood River, Ore., 1:25.0615. Tom Lyman, Whitefish, Mont., 1:25.4416. Bill Enos, Waterville Valley, N.H., 1:25.8119. Steve Persons, Whitefish, Mont., 1:27.2721. Antonio Davila, Flagstaff, Ariz., 1:31.55Did Not Qualify For Second Run: 30. Nathan Galpin, Ketchum, Idaho31. Rob Berney, Whitefish, Mont.35. Christ Anderson, Eugene, Ore.37. Don Nyberg, Squaw Valley, Calif.39. Ryan Mullen, Campton, N.H.40. Dave Daluiso41. Peter Rubincam, Sun Valley, IdahoDNF: Mike Grasso, Waterville Valley, N.H.DSQ: Tom O’Brien, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Women:1. Karine Ruby, FRA, 1:24.382. Heidi Renoth, GER, 1:25.193. Birgit Herbert, AUT, 1:27.314. Dorothee Fournier, FRA, 1:27.775. Tanja Fischer, GER, 1:28.59

U.S. RIDERS: 9. Lynn Ott, Bend, Ore., 1:32.6410. Sondra Van Ert, Ketchum, Idaho, 1:33.73

Did Not Qualify For Second Run: 19. Erin O’Mally, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.21. Jennifer Hicks23. Jeanne Pogue, Hood River, Ore.24. Maria Bruno26. Kim Vandersyde27. Anita Tsuchiya28. Susan Connolly, Copper Mountain, Colo.29. Heidi Calkins, Bend, Ore.

World Cup Standings — Slalom/Parallel SlalomMen:1. Stefan Kaltschutz, AUT, 56102. Peter Pichler, ITA, 55203. Ulf Maard, SWE, 47104. Dieter Moherndl, GER, 46605. Thedo Remmelink, NED, 4610

U.S. RIDERS: 11. Mike Jacoby, 392012. Manuel Mendoza, 320015. Tom O’Brien, 203416. Steve Persons, 203019. Jeff Greenwood, Granby, Conn., 183622. Anton Pogue, 156630. Antonio Davila, 86631. Bill Enos, 75436. Rob Berney, 47940. Tom Lyman, 34348. Dave Lewis, 22852. Don Nyberg, 16660. Rob Kingwill, Jackson, Wyo., 11063. Nathan Galpin, 10275. Christ Anderson, 4085. Ryan Mullen, 2092. Dave Daluiso, 1193. Peter Rubincam, 10108T. Mike Grasso, 4.

Women:1. Karine Ruby, FRA, 96002. Manuela Riegler, AUT, 53803. Marcella Boerma, NED, 51404. Birgit Herbert, AUT, 49705. Tanja Fischer, GER, 4810

U.S. RIDERS7. Stacia Hookom, Edwards, Colo., 455012. Sondra Van Ert, 321016. Lynn Ott, 185021. Erin O’Mally, 118025. Ashley Rice, Santa Ynez, Calif., 64032. Jeanne Pogue, 39034. Jennifer Hicks, 34042. Maria Bruno, 19045. Susan Connolly, 14047. Kim Vandersyde, 13058T. Anita Tsuchiya, 4561. Heidi Calkins, 36.