Prep snowboarding | Truckee’s Esson claims win at Northstar |

Prep snowboarding | Truckee’s Esson claims win at Northstar

This week, it was Blair Esson’s turn to revel in victory.

The Truckee snowboarder helped lead the Wolverines to a team win with a first-place finish in a CNISSF giant slalom race held at Northstar California on Wednesday.

Esson posted a winning time of 1:37.68 between his two runs, which was plenty fast enough to beat runner-up Isaac Merritt of Colfax, who posted a 1:39.02. North Tahoe’s Konrad Przybyslawski rounded out the top three in 1:40.10.

Truckee’s Ruby Wood, who took first place the previous week at Alpine Meadows, finished third on the girls’ side as the Wolverines won the combined team competition with a high score of 488 points. Davis was second overall with 465 points, followed by North Tahoe with 464, Placer (458), Nevada Union (424), Colfax (391) and Del Oro (150).

With Wood leading three Truckee snowboarders into the top 10, the Truckee girls also took the win with 253 points to the North Tahoe girls’ 245. The Lakers also had three girls in the top 10, led by Kenna Bolt’s fourth-place finish.

Wood completed her two runs in a time of 1:35.47 while her main competitor, Nelly Steinhoff of Colfax, took the win in 1:31.96. Bolt was fourth in 1:36.49, Truckee’s Ariah Curtis and Shauna Day were sixth and seventh in 1:39.18 and 1:41.48, respectively, and North Tahoe’s Sammi Schulte was ninth in 1:46.22 and Roxy Shumman was 10th in 1:49.04.

On the boys’ side, Truckee’s Luke Smith finished eighth in 1:45.65 and Casey Curtis was 11th in 1:46.03. For the Lakers, Nash Baehr was 17th in 1:48.52 and Brandon Hayakawa was 20th in 1:49.93.

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