CNISSF State Snowboard Championships | Ruby Wood wins GS, combined state titles
NORTHSTAR-AT-TAHOE and#8212; The Truckee High snowboard team and its dynamic trio of ladies led by Ruby Wood delivered its finest performance of the season on the biggest stage this past Monday and Tuesday.
Wood, a sophomore, won the state title in the giant slalom race and finished runner-up in the slalom to capture the individual combined title at the CNISSF State Championships held at Northstar.
Combined with solid showings from the Wolverines’ only other female racers, Ariah Curtis and Shauna Day, Truckee won the girls’ state championship while finishing second to Colfax in the team combined.
North Tahoe’s girls finished second as a team at state, led in both races by senior Emily Ashbaugh, as the Lakers placed 12th in the combined.
A total of 30 schools from across the state competed, from Weed and Shasta in the north to Rim of the World in Southern California. There were more than 100 boys and more than 70 girls who raced.
Despite the vast competition, second-year Truckee head coach Eniko Kuch said she was not surprised that her Wolverines fared so well and#8212; particularly on the girls’ side.
and#8220;I did expect the girls to do that well, barring any slips,and#8221; Kuch said. and#8220;Since we only have three girls and the top three (results) count, they couldn’t make any mistakes. And they pulled it off.
and#8220;I was very proud of them. They did an awesome job.and#8221;
Truckee’s boys, meanwhile, finished eighth overall while the Laker boys came in 23rd.
On Day 1 of the competition, Wood posted a two-run combined time of 141.64 seconds in the GS to win the title ahead of second-place Celine Holland of Nevada Union, who recorded a time of 144.12. Curtis took third in the race with a time of 144.78, while the Lakers’ Ashbaugh was fourth in 146.78 and teammate Tara Turpin was fifth in 149.20. Day, a Truckee senior, finished sixth in 149.84. Lexi Schumann and Kenna Bolt of North Tahoe were 12th and 13th, respectively.
The following day, Wood finished runner-up to Neilly Steinhoff of Colfax, posting a combined time of 80.45 seconds to Steinhoff’s 79.78. Curtis placed sixth in 86.40 as Day finished 12th. Ashbaugh led the Lakers in seventh place, recording a time of 87.35, and Bolt was eighth in 87.62. Turpin placed 16th and Lacey Nored 17th for North Tahoe. Courtney Peters was 25th.
Wood took the combined state title by a four-point margin, 239-235, over Nevada Union’s Holland, while Curtis finished third in the state in the combined, with 233 points. Ashbaugh was fifth best in the state, with 231 points, while Day was seventh with 224 points. Turpin rounded out the top 10 with 221 points.
Asked what makes Wood so fast on a snowboard, Kuch attributed her natural ability and exceptional work ethic.
and#8220;She’s got great form, and then she just rides a lot,and#8221; the coach said, adding that she also rides for the Northstar team. and#8220;She spends every weekend riding. She rides every single day she can, and she’s just a good little athlete with great form.and#8221;
In the boys’ competition, North Tahoe senior Griffin Lancaster had the best individual result, as he finished fifth in the GS with a time of 137.93 before being disqualified in one of the two slalom runs the next day. Austin Leal of Colfax won the GS title with a time of 123.78.
Truckee’s top racer from the regular season, Ryan Cowie, finished 11th in the GS with a time of 143.59. But he also faltered in the slalom, falling on his first run to knock him down to 57th place. Truckee senior Sean Lefrak placed 36th in the GS while Troy Allen was 43rd. Allen led the Wolverines in Tuesday’s slalom, finishing 23rd, while teammate Benny Rocha was 29th.
To view more photos from state, go to http://www.LefrakPhotography.com.
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