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O’Connor leads Placer boarders

By: Journal Sports Staff
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Defending state champion Caty O’Connor picked up where she left off last season for the Placer High snowboard team Monday at Northstar. O’Connor, a junior, finished two giant slalom runs in 2 minutes, 16.56 seconds to win the first Central Division II race of the season. Sophomore Emma O’Bray took fifth in 2:41.62 and senior Dani Ferretti placed 14th. Colfax had a strong team showing as Hannah West led the way, taking sixth in 2:44.56. Hailey Davidson was seventh in 2:51.17 and Shelby Young was ninth in 2:53.07. Frankie Mendenhal rounded out the top 10 in 2:53.62. Colfax’s Danny Kern led the boys field, taking first in 2:26.67. Placer senior Chris O’Connor was seventh overall in 2:34.72 while sophomore Pete Porata took 10th in 2:37.93. Senior Mike Belanger had an excellent debut, taking seventh in the junior varsity race.