Prep snowboard racing: Truckee’s Murphy, Butler one-two in Boreal slalom
A trend is developing in the CNISSF Central II snowboard division: Truckee’s boys are consistently hogging the top steps of the podium.
As they did in Monday’s giant slalom at Northstar, defending state champion Ryan Murphy and Truckee teammate Quinntin Butler finished one-two in a slalom race held at Boreal on Wednesday.
Combined with Randy Butler’s top-10 finish, the Truckee boys again claimed the team victory with a high score of 384 points to runner-up Placer’s 365. Nevada Union’s boys were third with 360. The win increased the Wolverines’ lead in the boys standings to 88 points over second-place Placer, 1,542-1,454. Nevada Union is third with 1,421 points.
Murphy, who also won the opening GS race on Jan. 25, posted a two-run combined time of 1:13.42. Quinntin Butler posted a time of 1:14.94, and Placer’s Troy Shelton rounded out the top three in 1:17.60.
Randy Butler finished eighth (1:24.65) and was followed by teammates Charles Blanc in 11th and Zach Yamauchi in 20th.
North Tahoe’s boys finished sixth and were led individually by Gordon Vanhusen, who was 28th.
In the girls race, North Tahoe’s Anna Yamauchi finished fourth in 1:37.63 and Sabina Morganti was ninth in 1:44.88 to help lead the team to a fifth-place finish, with 332 points.
Truckee’s girls, which finished sixth (258), were led by Sara Grahn-Nilsson’s seventh-place finish with a time of 1:41.75. Truckee’s Maria Medeiros was 11th and Sayler McBean 14th.
Placer’s Olivia Obray (1:32.99) and Lily Worthington (1:35.37) finished one-two to lead their team to the win with 375 points. Del Oro’s Cathilyn McIntosh (1:37.19) rounded out the podium.
After four of six races, Placer leads the overall standings with a combined 2,953 points. Davis is second at 2,850, followed by Truckee (2,761), Nevada Union (2,613), Colfax (2,592), North Tahoe (1,743) and Del Oro (1,567).
Next up is a slalom at Alpine Meadows on Monday and a GS at Alpine Meadows on Feb. 12.
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