(ISN) – BIG WHITE, B.C. – Katie Anderson of Jaffray, B.C., showed why she was a bronze medallist last month at the world junior championships with a victory in women’s competition at the 2015 Sport Chek Speed Nation Snowboard Cross Nationals.
The 19-year-old Anderson finished ahead of Rosina Mancari of the U.S. and Meryeta Odine of Prince George, B.C. Tayler Wilton of Collingwood, Ont., was the third best Canadian in fourth.
Anderson was coming off a victory last week at an international junior race in Austria. She delivered a strong season on the NorAm circuit with top-10 results in her five races including one silver medal. She also made her World Cup debut last month in Spain and placed 18th leaving no doubt she is a rider to watch for the future.
In men’s competition, Baptiste Brochu of Saguenay, Que., won the gold medal with Josh Miller of Australia second and Jonathan Cheever of the U.S., third. Tyler Jackson of Whitby, Ont., was the next best Canadian in seventh.
Brochu, 20, won two NorAm events this winter including one here at Big White and continued to gain valuable experience on the World Cup circuit as he builds towards his ultimate goal to qualify for the 2018 Olympics.