Hillgals dominate giant slalom

CNISSF State Skiing Championships
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Three members of the defending champion Placer High girls ski team finished in the top-10 during Monday’s giant slalom competition at the California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation Championships at Mount Shasta. On a day that featured fog, snow and sun, junior Karly Kenworthy blazed down the firm and fast GS course to top a field of the best 82 skiers from 40 schools, while senior Haley Meyer placed second and senior Paige Rothe took seventh in the event she won at the state championships a year ago. Colfax senior Allison Gutierrez placed fourth overall after two strong giant slalom runs Monday. Sophomore Nicola Lorang was ninth for the Falcons, followed by junior teammate Nicole Bajka in 20th place. After a strong opening run, Placer sophomore Lanae Rothe lost one of her skis in the starting gate of her second GS effort. She was awarded a provisional run, which was as impressive as her first run of the day, before the run was later ruled a DNF. “She basically had an equipment malfunction, a mishap at the starting gate,” Placer coach Matt Conley said. “It was the start official’s determination to have a provisional run, but then it’s not his decision of right or wrong, it’s a decision that then gets put in front of a jury of officials. “It really actually never went to jury,” Conley added. “The course official in charge of rulebook basically showed me the rule and we discussed the rule. Because the starting game timing wand was struck, the race had begun. The wand was broken, and you can’t lose a ski ‘during the race.’” Local boys had a rough start to the state meet Monday. Colfax junior Dylan Laidlaw had the area’s best finish in 18th place. Placer senior Travis Tidd was 19th and junior teammate McCall Falkenstein was 39th. Hillmen sophomore Julian Faulkner lost a ski and earned a DNF, while Falcons star Max Schopfer is looking forward to today’s slalom event, in which he is the defending state champion. Schopfer, a senior, missed a gate and had to hike during his first run Monday and despite a strong second run was not able to overcome the mistake, finishing in 41st place. Colfax senior Ross Thomson also failed to finish the GS event. “They’re all are looking forward to tomorrow,” Conley said. “When you’re competing with three and you need three to score it’s a little difficult when one of them doesn’t score any points. The ladies all scored well today.” Kenworthy will look to defend her combined championship with a win in today’s slalom. Other skiers are hoping to secure all-state honors with a top-10 finish.