Mammoth Nordic Teams Bring Home The Medals!

Screen Shot 2022 02 21 at 1.18.04 PMThe Mammoth High School and Middle School Nordic Teams competed in the California/ Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation (CNISSF) State Championships at  Auburn Ski Club in Soda Springs, California this past Saturday and had some impressive  results. The State Championships are the culmination of a season of competition between  schools in the league and are a highlight of the racing season. 

Competing against eight other school teams from both California and Nevada, the Mammoth  High School Men’s Team landed atop the podium and won the school’s first-ever CNISSF  State Championship! The race format was a “Skiathlon” individual start, where competitors  skied against the clock combining two nordic disciplines, skiing the first 3.3k circuit on classic  skis, then transitioning to freestyle (skate skis) for the second lap of the course. Competitors  raced on a course that challenged their skills in climbing steep and gradual hills, descending  fast downhills, and grinding flat sections. It took a team effort of individuals skiing their best  race to win the Title. 

The High School Women’s Team skied to impressive results as well with a second-place  overall finish for the Championships. Senior Mia Karch saved the best for last as she posted  her personal best performance of the season in her final race with the team. Mia was both  exhausted and emotional as she was presented with a flower bouquet by the coaches and 

cheered at the finish line by her fellow teammates, waving posters and face cut-outs of her to  help celebrate her final moment with the Mammoth team. Ella Walker raced to a top 5 result  in the championship after a solid season representing Mammoth High School. 

Here are the individual results from the CNISSF State Championships: 

Mammoth High School Boys 

Dane Karch – 2nd place 

Cabot Godoy – 4th place 

Wade Perry – 8th place 

Davin Wolter – 9th place 

Jack Leonard – 15th place 

Mammoth High School Girls 

Mia Karch – 4th place 

Ella Walker – 5th place

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Sophomore Wade Perry, tucking the final turn

The excitement of State Championships was apparent by the glitter on their cheeks and  nervous energy. High octane cheering from the Mammoth High School skiers led to a  fantastic day of racing. Weeks of training paid off for both the boys and girls teams as they  each placed 3rd in the overall team ranking for state championships!

Luken Senior and Olivia Karch led the Mountain Lions, who finished 5th and 4th respectively. 

Mammoth Middle School Boys 

Luken Senior – 5th 

Nat Parker – 17th 

Will Parker- 32nd 

Noah Pourol – 43rd 

Mammoth Middle School Girls 

Olivia Karch – 4th 

Pearl Johnson -19th 

Makenna Smith – 23rd 

Kylie Wolter – 28th 

The Nordic Team Coaches (Ben Higgins, Jeff Byberg, Kathi Kirkeby, Nancy Fiddler, and  Isaac Kreisman) are very proud of these student athletes. We’d like to give a special shout out of appreciation to the supportive parents, volunteers, Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski  Association Board members, Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, Mammoth Mountain Ski  Area, and a host of others who have contributed to the success of the Mammoth Nordic  program! Thank you Team! 

Written by the Mammoth Nordic Team coaches

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