By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
SUN VALLEY, Idaho -- Garces graduate David Anspach, competing for Fresno State at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships, fell on his only slopestyle run Friday and did not advance to the finals.
Anspach was in second place in the All-Around before Friday.
"The speed issue became a factor," Anspach said. "I didn't have enough speed for the jump and I wiped out. About 65 percent of us weren't able to make it."
When he fell, Anspach said he hyperextended his left knee, suffering what he called a sprain. He said that will not prevent him from competing in today's giant slalom, the final event of the competition.
During early morning practice prior to the event on Friday, Anspach said the temperature warmed up slowing down the approach.
"It's one run, make or break," he said. "I landed a foot short. And this was going to be my best event. It's frustrating but I'm going to compete in the giant slalom. ... I can deal with the knee injury. I'm just disappointed in myself."
Anspach said he suffered a broken right thumb when he was snowboarding with a group of competitors on Wednesday, an off-day from the competition.
"The thumb is not an issue," Anspach said.
$1 ticket for tonight's BC baseball game
Bakersfield College is offering a $1 general admission ticket for today's 6 p.m. Western State Conference South game vs. Glendale at Gerry Collis Field.
BC is 15-2 and 8-1 in the WSC South with an eight-game winning streak. Glendale is the two-time defending WSC South champion. Glendale is 10-5, 5-2.