Prep snowboarding: Truckee’s Kristen Harvey wins state title
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN ” Truckee’s No. 1 snowboarder performed like a champ when it counted most, beating the rest of the state in a two-day competition that offered vastly different weather conditions.
Senior Kristen Harvey, a regular top-two finisher during the regular season, earned the women’s combined state title at the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation (CNISSF) Championships. The event was held at Mammoth Mountain on Monday and Tuesday.
Harvey captured the top spot over Placer rival Caty O’Connor in Monday’s slalom race, which was nearly postponed due to heavy winds and whiteout conditions that closed the chairlifts on the mountain.
Racing in mild weather the following day, Harvey placed second in the giant slalom competition behind Sam Dellantonio of Amador to earn the combined title. O’Connor, who took second in slalom and fourth in GS, finished runner-up in the combined; Dellantonio was third.
More than 90 girls competed individually, while 33 schools took part in the championship.
For the defending state champion Lakers, Tara Turpin and Jenna Burnside led the women with eighth- and 10th-place finishes, respectively, while Nate Horn and Ben Reilly led the North Tahoe men in sixth and ninth place, respectively.
A total of 107 men competed.
Overall the Lakers took third place ” men and women combined ” behind Placer and Chico, and Truckee was sixth overall. Five teams from the Central II Snowboard Division, in which the Lakers and Wolverines compete, earned top-10 finishes, as Davis placed ninth overall and Central II regular-season champ Colfax 10th.
North Tahoe head coach Mort Nyberg said he was proud of his team’s top-five finish, especially considering the school’s small size in comparison to some of its competitors.
“They did great for as small of a team as they are,” Nyberg said. “They did awesome. They performed well under pressure.”
After winning five of the six regular-season races, the North Tahoe women settled for fourth place in the championship behind Placer, Mount Shasta and Truckee.
North Tahoe and Truckee tied in women’s team points, but the Wolverines won the tiebreaker because their top-three finishers posted a lower combined time between both races.
In the men’s competition, North Tahoe took fifth place and Truckee 14th. Chico’s men were first, followed by Placer, El Dorado and Shasta.
“The first day was miserable,” Nyberg said. “It was so bad. There were 80- to 100-mph winds. (The racers) had to hike up because it was the only way. All the lifts at Mammoth were closed. But they pulled it off.”
Nyberg said he was glad that CNISSF officials decided to hold the slalom race as scheduled, even though the snowboarders were forced to hike to the top of the course due to the closed chairlifts.
According to North Tahoe volunteer Vance Lura, who attended the event, strong gusts of wind at times blew riders off their course, causing some to fall.
Women’s slalom results
Place, Rider, School, Time (two runs)
1. Kristen Harvey, Truckee, 63.37
2. Caty O’Connor, Placer, 64.36
3. Amy King, Mammoth, 68.89
9. Tara Turpin, North Tahoe, 72.33
15. Jenna Burnside, North Tahoe, 75.70
24. Ariah Curtis, Truckee, 81.22
28. Emily Ashbaugh, North Tahoe, 84.08
31. Sami Bussinger, Truckee, 84.80
35. Lexi Shumann, North Tahoe, 86.59
48. Jamie Gross, North Tahoe, 91.91
61. Kelley Holman, North Tahoe, 99.62
Men’s slalom results
1. Paul Kamisky, Davis, 61.38
2. Alex Thompson, Mammoth, 62.03
3. Curtis Pry, Foothill, 62.19
8. Kevin Cowie, Truckee, 68.00
10. Ben Reilly, North Tahoe, 68.31
13. Nate Horn, North Tahoe, 68.93
16. Ryan Cowie, Truckee, 69.48
45. Clayton Doyle, North Tahoe, 74.94
76. Sean Lefrak, Truckee, 83.99
Women’s GS results
1. Sam Dellantonio, Amador, 79.88
2. Kristen Harvey, Truckee, 84.27
3. Riley Marshal, Chico, 87.91
5. Jenna Burnside, North Tahoe, 91.67
8. Tara Turpin, North Tahoe, 92.98
22. Ariah Curtis, Truckee, 97.35
25. Sami Bussinger, Truckee, 99.65
40. Lexi Schumann, North Tahoe, 105.93
47. Jamie Gross, North Tahoe, 108.80
54. Kara Horn, North Tahoe, 113.79
76. Dani Pranin, North Tahoe, 142.21
Men’s GS results
1. Ryan Conroy, Chico, 77.02
2. Curtis Pry, Foothill, 77.46
3. Nate Horn, North Tahoe, 77.73
15. Ben Reilly, North Tahoe, 81.80
17. Kevin Cowie, Truckee, 82.58
37. Ryan Cowie, Truckee, 89.92
80. Sean Lefrak, Truckee, 101.01
82. Clayton Doyle, North Tahoe, 102.80