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Miners take fourth in championships

It wasn’t first place, but it sure felt like it.

Nevada Union’s snowboard team finished fourth overall Tuesday in the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation state championships at Mount Shasta.

According to Miners coach Samson Smith, fourth was about the best they could have done.

“We could have raced absolutely stone-cold perfect and third would have been a stretch,” Smith said. “I felt like fourth was first.

“We beat everybody in our division. Our division, as a whole, was really dominant.”

El Dorado High won, Mt. Shasta High finished second, and Shasta High took third.

On the girls’ side, NU senior Caitlin Chase made a repeat trip to the podium with her second overall third-place finish in two years. Chase took first place out of 100 girls in the slalom race, and she finished ninth in the giant slalom, despite an early fall.

“When you fall and still pull off a top-10 finish, that says something,” Smith said.

Nevada Union junior Marco Maynard was the best of NU’s boys, taking seventh out of about 150 competitors. Maynard finished seventh in the giant slalom and 10th in the slalom.

The three other seniors who qualified for the meet also performed well. Chelsea Ulinski combined a 26th place in giant slalom and 32nd in slalom for an overall 25th, Eric Gillespie was 29th in giant slalom and 47th in slalom for 34th overall, and Lisa Pichitino finished 16th in giant slalom, while a fall in slalom put her at 63rd.

Although he’s a senior, Gillespie was racing in his first state finals. Other first-timers from NU were Katie Riley (45th in slalom), Travis Castellanos (71st giant slalom, 64th slalom), and Elitt Golnik (65th giant slalom, 81st slalom).

Also from Nevada Union, Jared Olson finished 32nd in giant slalom and 34th in slalom for 26th place overall.

Smith said the rest of the field was tougher than he had ever seen in years past.

“They look like pros,” Smith said of the snowboarders from El Dorado and Mt. Shasta. “Hopefully they’re all seniors.”

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