Naylor improves ranking at national competition

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COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. - WOO Crew team member Alex Naylor of Dayton improved his national standing, finishing seventh in a field of 18 invited men in the Men's 16-18 year-old Skier Cross, earlier this month.

The WOO Crew is a team of local competitive snowriders which is a part of the Inland Northwest series.

Prior to nationals at Copper Mountain in the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA), Naylor was ranked 13th nationally out of 54 skiers.

He placed second in his first heat and third in the second heat.

He later finished third in the consolation round, placing seventh overall.

Naylor placed first in four local Inland Northwest series races over the winter.

Sarah Koehler of Kennewick placed second in the USASA Women's Open Class Skier Cross.

Initially, eight women planned to compete, but Tania Prymak of Goshen, N.Y., was injured during a practice run prior to competition and was unable to compete.

Koehler was ranked first nationally leading up to the national competition out of 13 women in the Open Class event.

Emily Koehler, Sarah's younger sister, finished 12th in her first appearance at nationals. She was ranked third nationally last season. Her age group included 32 racers from the Inland Northwest.

Kennewick's Jaymin Morgan of the WOO Crew team racked up several impressive finishes as he competed in the 2012 USASA National competition.

Morgan, who competes in the Junior Men, 16-17 year-old age class, finished 12th in the slalom. He competed against 37 riders invited to national competition.

Morgan was ranked 12th nationally following last season's racing in the Inland Northwest series.

Morgan also qualified for the Giant Slalom event and finished 13th against a field of 38 riders. He was ranked 15th in his age group following the 2011-12 racing season.

Morgan competed in Boarder Cross, the face-paced event where up to six snowboarders compete at the same time and the winner rides a course through banked turns, spines, jumps at high speeds crosses the finish line first.

He finished 16th in a field of 54 riders, after being ranked 49th during the racing season.

The WOO Crew is coached by Nick Morgan. He and his wife, Michelle manage the Inland Northwest Series of the USASA, covering eastern Washington, north Idaho, western Montana and southeast British Columbia.

The WOO Crew trains at Ski Bluewood.

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