Miners slide to first- and second-place finishes
Blue skies don’t always mean smooth sailing, but they added up to a slick day on the slopes for Nevada Union’s sliders Monday at Northstar.
“It was a great day,” said Nevada Union snowboard coach Samson Smith. “It was real firm snow, packed powder, which is ideal for racing.”
The NU boys followed the lead of Nolan Hale and notched a first-place team finish. Colfax was second. Bear River took fifth place.
Hale, the No. 1 racer in the state, charrred the competition with a combined time of 1 minute, 20.18 seconds. He was the only racer in the giant slalom snowboard race to stay under the 41-second mark on either of the two runs.
“Nolan, once again,” said Smith. “His form is getting better and better.”
NU’s Joe Kremple took fourth overall with two strong runs.
“Joe’s a super-solid rider,” said Smith.”He had a good day.”
Rion Toal placed sixth and Toby Woodley rounded out the four top finishers for the Miners.
Jimmy Rothschild finished 16th and Chris Corbin was 19th.
On the girls end of business, the Miners took second place. They were edged out by a consistant performance on the part of Colfax.
The Miners had a stellar set of runs from Amelia Hererra, who took the top spot. Hererra beat teammate Jule Bottrell by over six seconds.
“That was an amazing performance by Amelia,” said Smith. “She was faster than five guys on the varsity team. She usually doesn’t do that well at Northstar, but she did great today.”
Hererra posted a combined time of 1:30.39 on two runs. Botrell was second with a 1:36.71.
Tiffany Hopkins was 11th and Tori Orlowski was 12th to round out the point earners.
The race was run on a dual-slalom course, meaning two racers ran the course side by side.
“It’s a bit different than we did last year,” said Smith. “It’s good for the kids most of the time. They like to see the other guy. For some people it makes them faster. For the faster racers, it can be a hindrance because they need to be racing the clock, not the other racer.”
The Miners have two more races left in the regular season: Boreal next Monday and Squaw Valley the following week.
“I would love to see more people up there for these races,” said Smith.
The races are open to the public for viewing and can be watched without too great an effort. At the Boreal course, spectators can walk up. At the Squaw Valley course, viewing is possible from below.
Discount lift tickets are also available on race days. Races start at about 10 a.m.
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