After a rather hectic day on the slopes at Sugar Bowl Resort, Davis High School’s ski team triumphed in the first slalom race of the season. Thanks to a first-place finish by the varsity girls (262 points), and second-place for varsity boys (256 points), DHS combined for a total of 518 points. Second-place Nevada Union scored 495, followed by Del Oro with 444; and Colfax with 437.
Assistant coach John Wolfe said of Monday’s outing, “The team did well. I’d always like to see each person’s results reflect the best of his or her ability. But with a team this large, that’s unlikely to happen all on the same day — particularly on a long, icy, slalom course.”
Timing issues, a start delayed by more than 90 minutes, and the slalom course being set up outside Sugar Bowl’s regular race arena (due to lack of natural snow) caused some chaos for racers and coaches alike. Some skiers had to rerun races, while junior varsity boys did not get to complete a second run, leaving them without official results.
Once the races began, Lily Wolfe led the whole DHS team with a combined time for two races of 1:45.76, placing her third overall among varsity girls. Second in for Davis’ varsity girls was Alix Graves (1:46.06), who placed fifth overall; and Aina Smart had a personal best fifth-place overall finish (2:03.34). Fourth-place for DHS was Nina Shields (2:07.97), who finished 10th overall.
The varsity boys were led by Kian Reno, who finished fourth overall in 1:46.97. Jack Beckman was the second in for Davis, and fifth overall (1:47.08), followed by Mark Unger, who ranked ninth (1:57.17). Rounding out the top 10 was Davis Perez, fourth in for DHS varsity boys and 10th overall in a personal-best 1:59.16.
Because of the late start, race organizers decided to run both varsity lineups twice through the course before junior varsity racers faced the gates. When they did, Miranda Steidler led Davis girls by a whopping 13 seconds, with a two-run combined time of 2:14.44. Second in for JV girls was Helen Porterfield (2:27.72); followed by Maddie Asta (2:29.38); and right on her heels, Sofia Castiglioni (2:29.41).
As mentioned, JV boys only completed one race, but Justin Reno had a very strong run (59.67), leading second-place finisher Noah Fisher by nearly eight seconds (1:07.24). Third in Davis was freshman Jackson Lutzker (1:08.93) followed by Joel Almeida (1:09.77).
Coach Wolfe summed up the day by saying, “Despite a few falls, we have so much depth we’re hard to beat.”
The team’s next race is scheduled for Monday, weather permitting. They will compete in a giant slalom at Sugar Bowl.
— Tanya Perez is an associate editor at The Enterprise. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @enterprisetanya