The Chester High School ski and snowboard team generated impressive results during the state championships at Northstar Ski Resort March 4 – 8, as three Chester racers finished in the top 10 overall.
Jesse Gorbet earned fifth overall in the men’s snowboard competition, Moises McCulloch placed sixth overall in the men’s ski division, and Bailey Smith captured eighth overall in the women’s ski division.
Gorbet, a senior, finished his high school racing with an exclamation by taking ninth in slalom and fourth in giant slalom for fifth place overall.
“With a bit of a slow winter, Jesse wasn’t on the snow as much as he had been in the previous years,” said Chester ski and snowboard coach Chad Hyink. “With limited practices throughout the year, he finished fourth in our league.
“At the state meet, he was able to get in quite a bit of time on his board before the races, which were the last few days, and I think it helped him find his rhythm. He also put together four of his best races in the two days. I think he really wanted to give a good performance, and with that mindset and his athleticism, he was going to race well.”
McCulloch, racing in the men’s ski division, took seventh in giant slalom and 11th in slalom for sixth place overall.
“Moises came out and skied some of his best runs all season,” said Hyink. “He finished second in league by a few hundredths of a second, but was our top league finisher at the state meet.”
Hyink also noted that McCulloch, as a junior, is setting himself up to do well next year, as well.
Smith claimed eighth overall in the women’s ski division by taking fifth place in slalom and 14th in giant slalom.
“Bailey had some high expectations after a sixth-place overall finish last year and finishing as the Central I individual league champion again this year,” said Hyink. “She didn’t ski her best on the first day in the GS, but she was able to refocus and get back on track with a couple of great slalom runs. Only a junior, she’ll be ready for another great season next year.”
Chester skier Dakota Strand also turned in good results by finishing 18th in both slalom and giant slalom. Strand missed placing in the top 10 by only seven points.
“As a freshman, Dakota had a great year, finishing third in league, and he had a solid performance at the state meet,” said Hyink. “He is a very consistent skier who limits mistakes. I think his success this year should give him a lot of confidence for the rest of his high school career.”