Mount Shasta High School freshman Tate Harkness won the girls snowboard giant slalom state championship Monday at Northstar on the first day of the 2017 California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation races.
She finished four seconds ahead of Abbie DeWit of Davis, who edged Sage Will of Redding’s Shasta High School for second place.
Will was the top point earner in this season’s North 1 girls snowboard competition at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park, and Harkness was No. 2.
North 1 race coordinator Gregg Gunkel reported from Northstar that Monday’s CNISSF GS was held “through driving snow and on an initially soft course,” but North 1 racers “showed their polish!”
Gunkel said Sage Will stumbled on the second to last gate during her first run, then had the fastest second run.
For other Mount Shasta area girls in CNISSF snowboard GS, Emilia Crockett of Mount Shasta had the 8th fastest first run and placed 16th, Sierra Osborn-Konu of Mount Shasta placed 24th, Sarah Doyle of Mount Shasta 36th, Violet Carter of Weed 41st, and Madison Sager of Mount Shasta 53rd. Sager had trouble on her first run, then had the 18th fastest second run.
In Monday’s boys snowboard GS, North 1 racers from Redding Justin Youngman of Foothill and Kyle Gardiner of Shasta placed 2-3 behind race winner Flynn Davis of Chico.
Kyle Matheson of Weed had the best finish for Mount Shasta area racers at 33rd, while Dylan Kennedy of Mount Shasta was 47th, Tyler Santi of Mount Shasta 49th, Jack Borden of Mount Shasta 58th, and Jules Guyard of Weed 66th in a field of 84.
Gunkel reported that “snow, rolling bumps, and growing ruts challenged the field of boys.”
The CNISSF snowboard dual slalom is scheduled for Tuesday, followed by ski racing on Wednesday and Thursday.