Hill hunting X Games gold

Vernon’s Kevin Hill was in the hunt for a second straight medal at the Winter X Games in Vail, Colo. Saturday afternoon.

Vernon’s Kevin Hill was in the hunt for a second straight medal at the Winter X Games in Vail, Colo. Saturday afternoon.

The 25-year-old Hill, who grabbed silver in just his second appearance at the event last year, finished fifth in Friday’s qualifying at the increasingly popular event.

Fellow Team Canada member Rob Fagan qualified first overall in front of five-time X Games gold medallist Nate Holland of the U.S.

Nick Baumgartner, riding with a broken collar bone, won last year’s event to end Holland’s gold-medal streak.