The Nevada Union alpine ski team headed to Northstar for the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation state championships this week and when all was said an done, three Miners brought home medals in the slalom event.
Sophomore Peter McDowell placed fourth with a two-race combined time of 59.79 seconds, junior Caspar Hendrickson took the sixth place award with a time of 1:00.78, and junior Emma Stratman secured an eighth place medal in the girls race with a time of 1:00.43.
Katie King came in 15th at 1:07.39, Mikaela Lujan with a 46th at 1:24.44, and for the men, Ethan Good cinched the 23rd place at 1:06.87 followed by Josh Harris in 42nd at 1:14.67. At the end of the first day the NU boys were sitting in second place only three points out of first while the girls were holding fifth place.
Things were looking good for Nevada Union but things went off the rails in the giant slalom event. The course was .8 miles in length with the top times around 58 seconds, average top speed on the mountain of 50 mph.
The weather created three different bands of snow conditions with the last third being spring slush. Aggressive skiers need to be careful of putting outside pressure at such high speeds on unstable snow.
The Nevada Union boys are strong, aggressive skiers and the conditions were not favorable for their style.
Each of Nevada Union’s top boys, within four gates from the finish, in the softest of the snow, went down. Hendrickson retained his equipment and was able to hike and finish, knocking him down to 61st earning 60 points.
The girls brought in points with Lujan coming in at 17th with a two-race combined time of 2:12.25 and Tori Newman finishing at 23rd with a 2:16.64. Junior Emma Stratman was sitting at 12th after her first run but missed a gate in her second resulting in a disqualification.
Despite the loss of their top racers NU came in 10th overall out of a field of 24.
“We had a lot of fun during a very tough season and only Katie King will be leaving us this year to college,” said coach Ken Ramirez in an email. “So the Nevada Union Miners will be a force to reckon with in 2015 as they come in as a more seasoned team.”
Davis High School took the overall state championship with 1329 points followed by Mammoth Lakes High School at 1320, with third place going to Oak Ridge High school at 1254 points. Nevada Union scored 886 at 10th.