World Cup experienced riders Hernandez and Perle top snowboard cross qualifiers at Junior Worlds
USA's very own Jacqueline Hernandez and Michael Perle set the best time in today's sbx qualifiers for tomorrow's finals which will mark the first medal event of the 16th FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships scheduled in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
Hernandez, a 19-years-old snowboarder from Londonderry, VT, who won her first ever World Cup just a few weeks ago at the World Cup finals held in Valmalenco, Italy, brought down the fastest time in 47.77 seconds.
According to that and her so far six World Cup starts, the fifth ranked athlete of the last Junior Worlds (New Zealand) is now the #1 contender for the SBX title.
On the men's side, Michael Perle is the quarry everyone is after.
No wonders, as the 18-years-old kid doesn't come out of the blue.
The Stratton, VT, resident impressed the world's best at the last two World Cup races held in Valmalenco.
They both marked his first appearance in the #1 circuit but the young gun rode like an old stager. Both time, he survived the first heat.
However, Perle, who killed it in 44.45 seconds on the 850 meters course in Sierra Nevada, has some strong competition.
Jarryd Hughes (AUS), Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT), Matija Mihic (SLO), Martin Noerl (GER) and Elias Koivumaa (FIN), who placed second, third, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, have also several World Cup races to their belt and thus the experience which might be needed to claim Junior Worlds Gold, Silver or Bronze.