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Pittsfield’s Mazie Hayden crowned USASA National Champion in girls 10-12 skiercross

KILLINGTON- Mazie Hayden, a 12-year-old from Pittsfield, Vt., and a member of the Killington Mountain School Competition Program, took her second National Championship title in as many years Sunday, April 7, competing against the best 34 girls in her age group from across the country at the USASA National Championship at Copper Mountain in Colorado.

"After dominating skicross competitions in her reign and several others, Mazie posted the fastest qualifying time for all women and second fastest overall regardless of gender for the day," said KMS Snowboard Program Director KC Gandee. "After cruising through her first several heats, her ski pole became lodged in the start gate at the pull during finals. Not to be denied, Mazie left it behind and raced to first place with only one pole."

Hayden qualified for the National Championship by accruing points through regional competition in the Southern Vermont Series, taking the championship title in that series this year as well.

As a grassroots organization, the USASA is proud to be able to represent the recreational and competitive interests of amateur snowboarding and freeskiing in the United States. USASA accomplishes this by supporting 32 series across the country that put on nearly 500 events throughout the season. Its goal is to promote safe, fair, and fun events while fostering a competitive spirit in the snowboard and freeski athletes. In addition, USASA emphasizes education for coaches and competitors, and promotes an overall healthy snowboard and ski lifestyle.

Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont independent school. To learn more about their alpine, snowboard, freestyle, freeskiing and cycling training and rigorous academic opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802-422-KMS1.