Mount Shasta men's team 1st in state ski championships, combined team 2nd

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Mariah Althaus-Cressman of Mount Shasta placed second on the 2013 CNISSF all-state women's ski list after two days of racing March 6 and 7 at Mt. Shasta Ski Park.

Mount Shasta High School's men's ski team won its fourth consecutive state championship during a challenging two days of racing March 6 and 7 at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park.

In the combined men's and women's state standings at the 2013 CNISSF Championships, the Bears placed second, just 8 points behind Mammoth.

Senior Mariah Althaus-Cressman made the all-state team for the fourth year in a row, placing second to Teagan Santin of Colfax. Mariah placed third in Wednesday's giant slalom and second in Thursday's slalom. She made numerous trips to the podium during Thursday night's awards ceremony in the Mount Shasta High School gymnasium.

Mount Shasta men's team claimed three spots on the 2013 all-state team: Harrison Keane was fourth, Weston Stroud eighth, and Clayton Poore 10th.

Keane finished fourth in GS and fifth in slalom.

Stroud placed fifth in GS and 16th in slalom.

Poore was sixth in GS and 20th in slalom. He was in 49th place after having to hike up to finish a gate on his first slalom run, then had the fourth fastest time on the second run.

The new snow that fell both days made conditions less than ideal for ski racers and course workers.

"The crew worked all day replacing gates," Mount Shasta coach Sheldon Criss said of Thursday's slalom. "The course was like a roller coaster ride. We did everything we could."

Harrison Keane said ruts got so deep on Wednesday it was like having "walls around the gates."

Because of the difficult conditions, the GS races were limited to just one run on Wednesday.

Keane said his high finish on the all-state teams was better than he expected, in part because of the difficulties his teammates like Poore and Jarrod Althaus-Cressman had in slalom.

"They usually finished ahead of me during the season," Keane said.

Jarrod placed ninth in the state GS race, but did not finish his first slalom run.

Spencer Posl placed 14th in slalom and 19th in GS for the Bears; Tommy Hake was 19th in slalom and 20th in GS; and Chad Mapes was 43rd in GS.

Mariah Althaus-Cressman was one of just three Mount Shasta women's team members in the state championships. She improved her all-state position each of her four years, from 10th as a freshman to fourth as a sophomore, third last year, and second this year.

Sheldon Criss said Mount Shasta's girls "stepped up" in Thursday's slalom to help give the team a chance at the combined championship.

Christine Holst placed 18th in slalom and 25th in GS.

Shannon Keane placed 22nd in slalom and 26th in GS.

Max Michelon was the top ski racer for Weed High School. He placed 33rd in GS and 35th in slalom.

Also for the Cougars, Stuart Miller placed 38th in slalom

Andrew Matheson placed 41st in slalom and 42nd in GS.

Clayton Mills placed 57th in GS.