The North Tahoe team of Peter Holmes, Shane Christian and Patrick McElravey finished second in their men’s U20 division Saturday to lead Far West Nordic in the 3x3-kilometer Free Relay at the USSA Cross County Junior Championships in Stowe, Vt.
The local trio posted a time of 18:19.6, which was second only to the New England team of Jack Schrupp, Jack Hegman and Cole Morgan, which finished in 18:14.1. There were 21 teams in the MU20 division.
Holmes and Christian, both seniors at North Tahoe High School, race for Unleashed Coaching, while McElravey is as freshman at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Among other local finishes, the FU16 team of Hannah Halvorsen, Lizzie Larkins and Jenna Rohlf finished fourth, and the FU20 team of Laurel Fiddler, Danielle Nivinski and Amanda Kirkeby finished eighth. Both the MU16 team of Brandon Herhusky, Ryland Belsile and Skyler Mullings and the MU18 team of Dylan Syben, Julien Bordes and Sam Zabell recorded 10th-place finishes.
The Far West contingent also fared well in Friday’s Mass Start Skate race, highlighted by Halvorsen’s third-place finish, Christian’s sixth place and Holmes’ eighth place.
Holmes receives Dave Quinn Award
Each year the USSA Junior Cross Country Subcommittee presents the David Quinn award to recognize a Junior Olympic athlete who best exemplifies the ideals of the sport. This year’s award went to Holmes, who won two national titles in Stowe.
In addition to outstanding results, the award is designed for nominees with special attributes such as love for the sport, leadership, overcoming hardship and work ethic.
Information was used from www.farwestnordic.org.