After taking second and first the past two years, Andrew Urlaub had to settle for third place in Friday’s U20 Class of the U.S. Junior Nationals at Anchorage, Alaska.
The Flying Eagles got strong representation in U16 from Landon Lee, who took sixth.
Urlaub, 16, followed two of his U.S. World Junior championship team mates — Decker Dean of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Chicago’s Hunter Gibson — to the podium.
Urlaub, who won the U16 title last year at Chicago and placed second to Gibson in 2016, had jumps of 64½-64 meters (212-210 feet) for 222.2 total points.
Dean, who won the U20 title at Chicago last year, was the repeat winner with two leaps of 67 meters (220 feet) for 238.9 points, while Gibson scored 235.2 points on jumps of 67 and 66½ (220-219).
Matt White of New York and Greyson Scharffs of Park City, Utah, rounded out the top five.
Urlaub led Central No. 1 to a second-place finish in the team jumping. He had jumps of 69 and 65½ meters for 235.6 points, while Landon Lee added 198.6 points on jumps of 59-63 (194-207).
East No. 1 won the team jump with 877.9 total points to 866.3 for Central No. 1. Rocky Mountain No. 1 was third with 857.6 points. Central No. 2 was fourth and Central No. 3 was ninth led by Stewart Gundry and Carter Lee.
Landon Lee got in a close battle with the U16 leaders. Lee had jumps of 63½-64 (209-210) for 215.3 points. The winner was Tate Frantz, East, with 232.1 points. Carter Lee was 12th, Stewart Gundry 13th and Logan Gundry 22nd. Logan Gundry also placed 13th in the U16 Nordic combined competition.
Female winners were Anna Hoffmann of Madison in U20 and Annika Belshaw of Steamboat in U16.
Eau Claire’s Paul Jastrow served as assistant technical delegate, while Dan Mattoon acted as a style judge.