Nick Mattoon placed 15th — 11th among Americans — in the 2015 U.S. national ski jumping championships held Sunday on plastic at Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. His showing was one of the highlights of many Flying Eagles Ski Club members to take part in the weeklong Springertournee for all ages.
Christian Friberg, St. Paul, emerged as the national champ on jumps of 427 and 415 feet, edging Canada’s Mathew Rowley and Nick Alexander, East, for honors. Mattoon had jumps of 373-353 feet. Ben Loomis placed 26th and Adam Loomis 31st in the 42-jumper competition. Jessica Jerome won the women’s national title.
Ben Loomis, 16, also placed sixth in the Under-20 division on the HS-100 and eighth on the HS-68 when he fell on one of his jumps. Nate Mattoon was 13th and Adam Hamler 18th. Nick Mattoon placed 13th on the HS-100.
Carter Lee led Flying Eagles youngsters by taking third, less than two points out of first, in the U-12 class on the HS-20 jump. Stewart and Eli Gundry also had top-three placings in the U-10 class.
Ben Dowling was 12th, Andrew Urlaub 13th and Fred Running 17th in the U-16 class on the HS-100 jump. In Nordic Combined, Adam Loomis finished fourth in a race of U.S. Team members, while Ben Loomis was fifth in U-18. Riley Steuernagel took second in U-12.