CNISSF Nordic racing: Kennedy, Taylor win Truckee Sprints on home turf |

CNISSF Nordic racing: Kennedy, Taylor win Truckee Sprints on home turf

Sun Staff report

Courtesy Mark Nadell/www.macbethgraphics.comTruckee senior Russell Kennedy races to a top finish in the Truckee Sprints at Surprise Stadium this past Friday.

Truckee’s Russell Kennedy and Annika Taylor defended their home turf with top finishes in the annual Truckee Sprints held this past Friday in Surprise Stadium.

In the varsity boys race, Kennedy found himself in a battle with Austin Meng of Sugar Bowl Academy, who recorded the fasted preliminary time of the day by just one-tenth of a second over Kennedy. But after winning the semifinal heat, Meng tripped during the final, which allowed Kennedy to ski to victory.

Taylor posted the fastest time in the girls preliminaries before easily outdistancing the field in each head-to-head sprint en route to winning the overall.

In the Middle School event, Bria Riggs captured first to lead a dominating performance by the Alder Creek Middle School girls in the final, in which seven of the eight finalists were from Alder Creek. The Cougars also took 13 of the top 14 spots in the overall league championships.

In the Middle School boys race, Dylan Syben of North Tahoe Middle School raced to an upset win. After posting the third-fastest preliminary time, Syben skied around teammate and pre-race favorite Peter Holmes after a late fall to take first ahead of Alder Creek’s Ryan Thomas.

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