Truckee CA, – (April 12th, 2008) – The University of Reno Nevada reigns supreme as the number one college on snow, as their snowboard and ski teams battled it out to take first and second place in Red Bull Snow Warz 2008.
48 teams from 33 schools across the nation fronted up at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort as groups of 4-6 riders took to the slopestyle course not like freshman wannabee’s, but like war torn veterans, throwing down everything they had.
The top four scores from each team were taken into account then the top two teams from each heat advanced to the finals. Strategy came into play when the teams were asked to select their top two riders to represent them in the final. School pride now sat on the shoulders of just two. Like final exam time the pressure was too tough for some, but others rose to the challenge and stomped nothing but straight A’s.
In the finals the snowboarders put it all together as Team “Harvard United” from the University of Nevada Reno, wisely sent Brandon Cocard and Taylor Carlton onto the battlefield where they launched Harvard United team into first place.
Brandon also took individual honors for the snowboarders by stomping multiple switch back 7’s and a front 7 as well. “I’m just so stoked on my team, those guys really came through for us, it was all a team effort,” said a very happy Cocard after the event. “It was kind of a last minute thing to enter but the whole team was really into it and it all just came together.”
Congratulations to UNR who have bragging rights until next year’s battle is forged, and the title of best college on snow is up for grabs again.
1. University of Reno Nevada – Team Harvard United
2. University of Reno Nevada – Team Eat Waffles
3. Montana State
4. Oregon State
5. Sierra Nevada College
1. Brandon Cocard – UNR
2 Taylor Carlton – UNR
3. Ryan Kittredge – SNC
4. Shaun Ketterson – OS
5. Jordan Kosta – Chico State
Tom Broke-off award (best slam):
Snowboarder (male) – John Parsons – Gonzaga, Team BigTEST-icycles
Snowboarder (female)- Ashley Coelho – Sac State, Team Slack-State
Image: Top scholar Brandon Cocard aces the exam. Photo by Ashley Barker.