Colfax Rules on Boards

Leal has quickest times in winning boys race; Steinhoff is girls champ
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The Placer High Snowboard team’s first race of the season Monday at Northstar, proved to be a tough match up for them against the talent of the Central II division. Colfax High School dominated in both the boy’s and girl’s varsity giant slalom events, demonstrating they are a force to be reckoned with on the slopes for Placer this year. Austin Leal came in at 2:07.38 for the boys and Nelly Steinhoff at 2:25.23 for the girls, both finishing first. While the girl’s varsity team felt the loss of several of last year’s senior’s this year’s team leader, Emma Obray redeemed a 43rd place performance in her first run, by placing 4th overall in her second for a combined time of 3:20.68. Morgan Terry had the highest finish on the team at 27th with a combined time of 3:08.11. The boy’s varsity team showed their maturation as a team with two top ten finishes. Senior, Pete Porata’s finish at 2:25.63 put him in fifth place overall, while Colton Davenport placed eight at 2:30.93. Coach Mark Faulkner said the results were consistent with what they anticipated and was proud of his team overall. We have a lot of first timers who have never raced before,” Faulkner said. “There were six girls who worked hard and overall we showed great improvement. In the boy’s JV race, Placer had four top ten finishes, with Kyler Ransom leading the Hillmen with a combined time of 2:52.52. Colfaxs’ Austin Davies came in first place with a time of 2:45.74. With several team and individual championships in past years, Placer proved they still have contenders for top positions, but will have to work to develop up and coming talent to prevail in the Central II division.