Prep snowboard racing: Truckee boys win back-to-back state titles
Truckee’s boys entered the CNISSF state snowboard championships at Mt. Shasta last week with one goal in mind. They left with gold medals draped around their necks after a mission well accomplished.
Led by three racers in the top 11, the Wolverines defended their title from a year ago, beating out a field of 24 schools to earn back-to-back state championships.
The two-day championship event typically includes both a giant slalom and slalom race, with the points combined to determine the overall individual and team champions. But Thursday’s slalom was canceled due to rainy conditions, leaving only Wednesday’s GS results.
As they have all season, senior duo Ryan Murphy and Quinntin Butler led the way for the Wolverines, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, out of 81 racers.
Murphy, who won the individual slalom and combined titles last season, posted a time of 1:55.4 between his two runs. Butler, last year’s GS champion, was less than a second behind, in 1:56.3. Murphy entered on the heels of five consecutive wins to help lead the Truckee boys to the Central II league title. Butler, meanwhile, entered with five straight second-place finishes.
Charles Blanc rounded out Truckee’s team score in 11th place (2:05.8), while teammate Zach Yamauchi was 58th.
That gave the Truckee boys the team title with a high score of 343 points to runner-up Mammoth’s 337. Placer was third with 329 points. With only two racers — Omar Cerda in 52nd and Gordon Vanhusen in 66th — North Tahoe’s boys placed 19th with 124 points.
Carson Reid of Bishop claimed the individual title with a time of 1:52.1, Devin Tubbs of Mammoth was second (1:54.1) and Flynn Davis of Chico third (1:55.3).
In the girls team results, Truckee tied with Del Oro for seventh place, both with 270 points, while North Tahoe’s girls were 14th with 222 points. Chico won the team title with a high score of 336, Placer was second at 332 and Ponderosa third (320).
Truckee’s Maria Medeiros led the way individually in 12th place, posting a time of 2:23.1, and was followed by teammates Paulina Wetzel in 37th, Saylor McBean in 44th and Annika Bauhaus in 52nd.
Sabina Morgante finished 16th for the Lakers with a time of 2:28.1. Teammates Karla Hernandez and Estrella Sanchez were 62nd and 63rd, respectively.
Mammoth’s Fleur Connolly took the individual state title with a time of 1:58.6, Shasta’s Sage Will was second (2:03.6) and Chico’s Hanna Mayrhofer third (2:03.7).
With their boys winning and the girls placing seventh, the Wolverines took fourth in the combined team results, with 613 points. Placer won the combined title with 661 points and was followed by El Dorado (626) and Shasta (617). North Tahoe was 15th (346) in the combined.
Find complete results from the championship races at cnissf.org.
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