NU placed second overall in the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation’s state championships last week at Mt. Shasta after four crazy days of competition on the dormant volcano.
Combined, the ski and snowboard teams finished with 2,365 points, falling just nine points short to Davis High School.
When the snow boarders raced Monday (Mar. 4) and Tuesday it was literally dirt and ice. The skiers arrived Wednesday to 30 new inches of heavy powder. Two-hundred kids spent five hours Tuesday slipping and packing the giant slalom course in order to pull off the race. Officials decided to make it a one run venue.
After the first day the NU Alpine ski team was sitting just a handful of points out of a third place. For the girls, Olivia McDowell led the Miners finishing the GS with a time of 1-minute 9.6 seconds for 15th place. Quinlan Grim and Julia Ramirez also earned points finishing in the top 20 out of a field of 73 racers both posting marks of 1:10.3.
Peter McDowell led the men grabbing 14th place with a mark of 59.38, while Michael Sekerak also finished inside the top twenty out of 90 racers at 59.8, followed by Ethan Good, Robert Sekerak, and Caspar Hendrickson.
Wednesday night brought in drier air and eight more inches for the slalom event. By the time a dozen kids went through it was more of a park run with trenches and jumps than a race course.
McDowell, Grim and Ramirez held their ground and earned points with solid finishes in the top 30. McDowell posted runs of 45.58 seconds and 49 seconds to give her a combined 1:34.6 to take 14th. The girls finsihed 7th overall for team points.
The boys took off like rockets and threw themselves down the course. One after another flew out and crashed, but NU stayed up with the exception of two of its racers who bounced out of a flush set and landed on the wrong side of a gate resulting in disqualification. Sekerak was able to negotiate the odd set with runs of 38.68 and 43.85 to medal at ninth place. His combined performances on giant slalom and slalom earned him the ninth spot in the All State’s Top 10, as he amassed more points of any skier for NU this season. The boys finished fifth they brought NU to 6th overall out of 33 teams in the standings with 1190 points.
We’re proud of the kids as they gave it all they had in some real tough conditions, said coach Ken Ramirez in an email. The top teams had some great talent with substantial depth.
It has been a long while since I have seen such talent in the high school competition amongst so many teams, added coach Richard Atkins.
“I would like to thank all the community members that continue to support all the sports programs at NU,” said Ramirez in an email. “After 30 years of coaching I am feeling the fatigue of what it takes to keep a program alive and strong so every time the community lends a hand or gives a dollar it really helps.”
The boys took off like rockets and threw themselves down the course.