---- — LAKE PLACID — Mike Glasder (Cary, Ill.) jumped to a second place finish during Friday night’s New Year’s ski jump competition, held in Lake Placid and claimed the prestigious 2012 Art Devlin Cup.
Under the lights, Glasder soared off the 90-meter hill with jumps of 97 meters and 94.5 and accumulated 248.5 points.
Glasder entered the final event in the three jump cup chase first overall after placing third in both the July 4 and Flaming Leaves Festival events. The win earned the 22 year-old another 30 points, giving him a total of 72 for the season.
Christian Friberg (Roseville, Minn.) jumped to a third place finish Friday night, which secured him the second place spot in the chase for the cup. Friberg scored jumps measuring 92.5 and 86.5, giving him 218.5 points from the panel of five judges. The 18 year-old finished 12 points behind Glasder in the chase.
Kevin Bickner (Fox River Grove, Ill.), Friday night’s fourth place athlete, concluded the season third in the chase. With jumps of 90 and 87, Bickner gathered 215 points from the judges and completed the three events with 54 points.
Andrew Bliss (Lake Placid) won the open class event and soared past the field of 20 jumpers with 251 points. Bliss’ first jump measured 96 meters and his second jump was marked off at the 95 meter mark. Nick Farrell (Andover, N.H.) was third after he posted jumps of 94 and 93 meters. He secured 236.5 points from the judges.
Friday night’s event featured 37 ski jumpers soaring into the evening sky, with six athletes eligible to compete for the Devlin Cup. The Art Devlin Cup was created in 2004 in memory of Lake Placid’s greatest ski jumper and recognizes excellence across Lake Placid ski jumping events at three different competitions: July’s Chevrolet Summer Jump, October’s annual Flaming Leaves Festival and in December at the New Year’s Masters Jump.