In addition to placing second in the Central II Division, the Davis High School snowboard team qualified nine athletes for the state championships last week at Northstar Resort. The team finished ninth overall out of the 25 schools that competed, which ranged from Yreka High School in the north to Rim of the World High School in the south.
Christina Roeckl-Navazio and Abbie DeWit raced in both slalom and giant slalom events. Ava Mills, in her second season with the team, qualified as the third Davis girl in the GS event, and Alice Honig qualified as the third racer in the girls’ slalom event.
Freshman Kyle Morse, with four first-place finishes for Davis in his first season as a Blue Devil racer, qualified for both slalom and GS; sophomore Ben Simmons also dual-qualified for the DHS team, as did juniors Sean Mulvihill and Dean Boswell. Junior Brennan Raven qualified for the GS event.
The conditions for the state meet were less than ideal. Last Wednesday’s 41-gate, mile-long GS course was set in slushy conditions as temperatures hit the 40s, making for a long, slow race.
DeWit and Morse finished first for the Blue Devils. Morse’s 17th-place overall finish prompted coach Marcia Heller to say, “It is an awesome achievement for a first-time racer to finish in the top 20 at states. Kyle has had an amazing first season.”
Boswell was not far behind in 24th and Mulvihill was 37th overall. The boys team’s finishes were enough to earn them a sixth-place finish — just one point behind Shasta High School.
A flash freeze set in overnight on Wednesday, leaving the slalom course covered in a sheet of ice. Conditions were so treacherous that the walking trail to the race course was closed, and spectators were not allowed to hike to see the athletes compete until the afternoon runs.
Despite the slippery slopes, Roeckl-Navazio placed 26th overall, the top finisher for DHS girls. DeWit was not far behind in 33rd place, followed by Honig in 40th.
“Abbie was a consistent finisher for the team this year and gave a solid first-time performance at states,” Heller said. “She showed great presence on the hill for a first-year racer.”
For the boys, Morse was first across the finish line for the Davis squad, 20th overall, followed by Boswell (31st) and Mulvihill (37th).
“Having so many new athletes do well, combined with solid performances from our more experienced racers, resulted in a good season for the team,” Heller said. “I am looking forward to more snow and more outstanding racing next season.”