Saturday Feb 16 2013
Placer snowboarder looking for a Peek performance at state championships
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
Senior optimistic of getting a scholarship to continue sport in college
Jacob Peek has been motivated all season long to come out on top at the upcoming California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation championships.
Last season the Placer High School senior took second place in the slalom and giant slalom events.
His margin of defeat was practically a snowflake.
“I’m trying to go out and get first place,” Peek said of the March 4-5 NISSF state snowboard championships scheduled to be held at Mt. Shasta. “I lost by four-hundredths of a second last year.”
For Peek, the loss wasn’t as devastating as it sounds.
“It was my junior year and I lost to a senior,” he said, “so I wasn’t disappointed.”
Peek, who also played football for Placer last season, was victorious in his final tune-up of the year Monday, completing a giant slalom race at Alpine Meadows in a time of 1:33.6.
Kyle Bryant of Colfax was second in 1:39.0 and Scott Muraki of Placer was third in 1:41.2. Peek’s score was the best of the day between boys and girls in the Central II division, which consists mostly of Placer, Colfax, Truckee and North Tahoe athletes.
Peek, who has been snowboarding since he was eight and first started competing in races in the eighth grade, is currently ranked No. 1 in the Central II. He said Andrew Carrier and Muraki will also be representing Placer at the NISSF races.
Asked what he needs to do to come away with a first-place finish at the state championships, Peek said, “Go fast and not fall.”
Win or lose, Peek plans to stick with the sport beyond high school. He’s optimistic he’s going to get a rare scholarship to snowboard at Sierra Nevada College, a private four-year school in Incline Village, Nev.
“There’s not a whole lot of (scholarships for snowboarding) because there’s not a lot of kids that do it,” he said.
Of the possibility of snowboard in college on a scholarship, Peek said, “I’ve been looking forward to it for quite some time.”
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