Foggy goggles and sweaty jackets couldn't slow the Bishop Manogue boys ski team, as seven of eight skiers finished in the top 15 during Wednesday's sunny state championship slalom event at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe.
The Miners' effort, led by Steven Osborne with the day's fastest time at 54.58 seconds, was enough to lead the team standing heading into the giant slalom at 11:30 a.m.
"I told the kids, 'It's not about what we do the first day or this past season. We're building, and this is what we've been building for," said Manogue coach Scott Trabert, who is in his first year with the team. "I couldn't have asked anymore as a coach, but I'm fortunate enough to have a great group of kids."
Manogue has a 38-68 advantage against second-place Wooster. Reno High sits in third with 102, and Reed in last with 105.
Galena didn't send a boys squad, but its girl skiers took a 44-59 lead ahead of Wooster.
"It was a great course, a great day, a great setup, and there was a lot of good athleticism so I thought the kids did really well," said Galena co-head coach Chris Gant, who is in his first season. "To see them improve so much is a lot of fun, but tomorrow will be a dog fight with GS (giant slalom), because the combined scores will make the total to see who wins state, and GS is a lot faster so it'll be interesting."
Galena sophomore Megan Rescigno finished with the fastest run of the day (28.80) and the second-fastest time overall (1:01.97).
Rescigno attributed her success to her father, Quin Rescigno, who is helping Gant coach the Grizzlies for his first season, and the fact that she received her driver's license a couple weeks ago.
"I've just been getting a lot of practice," Rescigno said. "I just turned 16, and now I drive myself up so I've been training four to five days per week so I can just come up and ski and train, you know, normal stuff.
"My whole team is skiing really great, and we've come a long way definitely."
The only racer to finish with a faster overall time than Rescigno was Reno's Claire DeAngeli (1:01.61). However, the Huskies still sit in last with a score of 91, chasing third-place Manogue (85).
"Claire (DeAngeli) has been a contender for the past three years and finally has really shown her skills this time around," Reed coach Todd Tuttle said. "She's really efficient."