Prep snowboarding | Truckee earns first win of the season in stormy slalom
BOREAL MOUNTAIN RESORT, Calif. and#8212; The Wolverines saved their best performance for the worst conditions.
Racing in a blizzard at Boreal Mountain Resort on Tuesday, Truckee’s girls notched second- and third-place finishes while the boys placed five snowboarders in the top 15 to give the Wolverines their first team win of the CNISSF season.
Truckee posted a winning combined score of 486 points to runner-up Davis’ 479, as the boys took first and the girls third in what was the final race of the regular season. Colfax finished third overall, at 468, followed by Placer (426) and Nevada Union (425).
North Tahoe’s girls, who are normally near the top of the leaderboard, raced aggressively in the whiteout conditions only to see several riders fall, dropping the Laker girls to fourth place as North Tahoe finished sixth (397) in the combined.
Conditions for the slalom race atop Donner Summit were rough to start with, and they only got worse as the day progressed. Before long, high winds forced Boreal to shut down the Accelerator Quad chairlift, leaving the varsity boys to hike up the race course for their second run.
But the Wolverines thrived in the nasty conditions.
Truckee’s Ruby Wood and Ryan Cowie led the way, both recording second-place finishes. Wood posted a two-run combined time of 70.66 seconds to Colfax winner Nelly Steinhoff’s 69.55, while teammate Ariah Curtis finished third in 76.94. Shauna Day followed in 13th (85.97).
Cowie posted a time of 73.03 to Colfax rider Evan Kaiser’s 69.31 in the boys’ race. Truckee’s Blair Esson finished sixth in 77.19 and was followed by teammates Troy Allen (79.70) in ninth, Benny Rocha (80.11) in 10th and Sean Lefrak (80.94) in 15th.
For the Laker girls, senior Emily Ashbaugh led the way with an 11th-place finish in 84.42. She was trailed by fellow Lakers Kenna Bolt (86.04) in 15th and Lexi Schumann, Tara Turpin and Shelby Crawford in 20th through 22nd.
Konrad Przybyslawski tallied the best result for the North Tahoe boys, as he placed 12th in 80.75, while Griffin Lancaster was 13th in 80.92.
Coming off their big win, the Wolverines hope to carry the momentum into the CNISSF State Snowboard Championships, which are scheduled for March 7-8 at Northstar.