Mount Shasta freshman Carter Chase placed third behind racers from Mammoth and Colfax in the CNISSF state championship ski giant slalom held Wednesday under partly sunny skies at Northstar.
Against strong competition from Mammoth and Chico, the Bears had four runners place in the top 16 in a field of 62 girls.
Sydney Hilleary placed 14th, Zoe Malee 15th, Bella Williams 16th, Wrenna Williams 27th, and Kristen Clure 37th for the Bears.
Other North 1 women included Lindsey Ferguson of Foothill, 34th; Jenna Randolph of Shasta, 39th; Mariah Diamante of Red Bluff, 48th; Trinity Tumidanski of Red Bluff, 50th; Izzy Keller of Shasta, Maddie McDonald of Foothill and Meah Bush of Shasta, 53-55; and Selah Johnson of Foothill, 58th in the field of 62 women racers.
North 1 race coordinator Gregg Gunkel said the warmer temperature created soft snow conditions, and the GS course was shortened to about half the normal length. Race crews determined that the upper part of the course was not stable enough for racing.
By the time the men took the course, the soft snow had generated an undulating course that led to a “tumultuous second run,” according to Gunkel.
Connor Sousa of Red Bluff captured the top finish for North 1 with a 5th place. The next fastest North 1 racer was Jaden Andersen of Mount Shasta, who placed 20th.
Also for Mount Shasta, Abraham Barr placed 26th, Ross Winters 32nd, and Ian Anderson 39th in a field of 70.
Mount Shasta’s Mitchell Savarese, who had the 12th fastest time on the first run, fell to 46th after run two.
Mammoth had three racers in the top eight, including race winner Cody Jayne.
Thursday’s final day of the 2017 CNISSF championships at Northstar features the ski slalom race.