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The 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

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


The coaches wanted to share a few photos from the start of Cross Country Junior Nationals in Minneapolis, MN. The 5 Mammoth athletes are part of the Far West regional team. This is one of the largest, if not the largest, groups of athletes that Mammoth has ever sent to Junior Nationals. Quite impressive!! It is a huge week of competition against all the top kids in the nation.
Names of the Mammoth athletes competing at JNs:
Ella Walker
Cabot Godoy
Dane Karch
Jack Leonard
Davin Wolter

Here is a link to the event information (including a link to live stream):
Far West Regional Team at Opening Ceremonies
Opening Ceremonies (Left to right:  Ella Walker, Keira Scott, Anna Feland, Hannah Hammond, Maggie Cooke) 

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